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sábado, 30 de dezembro de 2017

Com os Braços Abertos / Boys Town (1938)

Nós precisamos desesperadamente de heróis.

We're in desperate need of heroes.

Mas não é qualquer herói que serve. Nós dispensamos o Batman, o Aquaman, o Super-Homen, o Homem de Ferro, a Mulher-Maravilha – se bem que ela é demais – e continuamos procurando por outro tipo de herói. Um herói – ou heroína – cujo superpoder é ser, acima de tudo, humano. Nós precisamos destas pessoas.

But not any hero can do. We'll pass Batman, Aquaman, Superman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman – even though she is a badass – and keep on looking for another kind of hero. A hero – or heroine – whose superpower is being, above all, human. These are the people we need.
Será que o padre Flanagan é bom o suficiente para a vaga? Vejamos seu dossiê de herói:

Will Father Flanagan be good enough for the position? Let's see his hero file:


Nome: Edward Joseph Flanagan
Name: Edward Joseph Flanagan

Data e local de nascimento: 13 de julho de 1886, Irlanda.
Date and place of birth: July 13th 1886, Ireland

Foto (com disfarce):
Photo (undercover):

Foto (pronto para entrar em ação): ele se parece um pouco com Spencer Tracy, não?
Photo (ready for action): looks like Spencer Tracy, right?


Superpoderes:
Paciência – super paciência
Acreditar que “não há maus meninos no mundo”
Cuidar de garotos órfãos ou sem-teto e construir uma comunidade para eles.
Dar aos meninos liberdade de crença – qualquer religião poderia ser professada na vila de Boys Town.
Ensinar aos meninos lições de cidadania e disciplina.
Provar que jornalistas ambiciosos, céticos e “cidadãos de bem” estavam errados quando duvidaram de seu projeto.

Superpowers:
Patience – super patience
Believing “there is no such a thing in the world as a bad boy”
Taking care of orphaned or homeless boys and building a community for them
Giving the boys freedom of worship – any religion was valid at Boy's Town
Teaching the boys notions of citizenship and discipline
Proving wrong greedy journalists, skeptics and angry “fine citizens”


Ajudante: o lojista Dave Morris (Henry Hull) é ajudante “sem querer” do padre Flanagan, e contribui com empréstimos de dinheiro.
Sidekick: Shop owner Dave Morris (Henry Hull) is Father Flanagan's reluctant sidekick, helping with the money needed.

Atos heroicos:
Fundou a primeira casa de meninos órfãos em 1917.
Desafiou o círculo vicioso de abandono, abuso, violência e criminalidade na vida dos meninos.
Fundou a vila de Boys Town em 1921.
Ajudou pessoalmente mais de 6 mil pessoas com sua obra – muitos deles eram meninos durões como o personagem Whitey (Mickey Rooney), que, se não tivesse ajuda do padre Flanagan, teria se tornado um criminoso.
Depois de sua morte em 1948, seu trabalho se expandiu por 10 estados. Hoje, mais de 1,4 milhões de pessoas recebem cuidados e apoio da Boys Town.


Heroic actions:
Founded the first Boys Town in 1917
Challenged the vicious cycle of abandonment, child abuse, violence and crime
Founded the current Village of Boys Town in 1921
Personally helped 6000 people with his program – many of them hard-boiled boys like character Whitey (Mickey Rooney), who, without Father Flanagan, would turn into crime.
After his death in 1948, his work expanded through 10 states. As for today, more than 1,4 million people are helped by Boys Town.


Reconhecimentos:
Spencer Tracy ganhou seu Segundo Oscar pela performance como o Padre Flanagan na cinebiografia “Com os Braços Abertos”. A esposa de Tracy recebeu o prêmio no lugar dele durante a cerimônia.
O padre Flanagan é membro do Hall da Fama do estado de Nebraska. Seu processo de canonização foi aberto em 2012.

Accolades:
Spencer Tracy won his second Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan in the biopic “Boys Town”. Tracy’s wife received the prize in his behalf during the ceremony.
Father Flanagan is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame. His canonization process started in 2012.


Heroína à altura: Você já percebeu que para todo herói há uma heroína semelhante – mesmo que eles não sejam romanticamente ligados? Bem, a primeira pessoa que me veio à mente quando conheci a história do padre Flanagan foi a missionária Gladys Aylward. Esta inglesa notável cuidou de crianças chinesas na Guerra Sino-Japonesa de meados dos anos 30 e também virou personagem de filme: em “A Morada da Sexta Felicidade” (1958), ela é interpretada por Ingrid Bergman.

Female counterpart: Have you realized that all heroes have a female counterpart – even if they are not romantically linked? Well, the first person I thought about when I first got to know Father Flanagan's story was missionary Gladys Aylward. This notable English lady took care of Chinese kids during the 1930s war against Japan and was also portrayed in film: in “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” (1958), she is played by Ingrid Bergman.
Precisamos de pessoas como o padre Flanagan – e também Gladys Aylward – que acreditam no potencial do ser humano, que querem acabar com as desigualdades e não perpetuar os privilégios. Como o próprio padre Flanagan disse:

We need people like Father Flanagan – and also Gladys Aylward – who believe in the human potential, want to fight inequality and put a stop in privileges. As Father Flanagan himself said:

“Custa tão pouco ensinar uma criança a amar, e custa tanto ensiná-la a odiar”.

“It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much to teach him to hate”.

This is my contribution to the Inspirational Heroes blogathon, hosted by Quiggy and Hamlette at The Midnite Drive-In and Hamlette’s Soliloquy.

7 comentários:

angelman66 disse...

Love this movie, Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney are both marvelous here and also the sequel a year or two later.
Happy New Year!
- Chris

Hamlette disse...

I've wanted to see this for years, especially since my favorite cousin and his wife both work for Boys Town! I love what you've highlighted here, that we need real heroes in this world. So true.

Thanks for contributing to the blogathon, Le :-) Happy New Year!

Quiggy disse...

I've been avoiding this movie too long. (It's because I cringe at sentimentality, mostly... comes from being an avowed cynic.) Maybe I should try it though. Good review.

Silver Screenings disse...

I loved your sentence: "Let's look at his hero file."

I didn't realize Father Flanagan was going to be canonized. He certainly deserves it for all his hard humanitarian work. And so does Gladys A!

Le, this is a great choice for the blogathon. Being a hero is often thankless work – you know the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished" – but people who persevere despite negative public opinion, financial troubles, unexpected obstacles, etc. are to be admired. Plus this is a terrific movie. There's one scene that always ALWAYS makes me cry...I won't give it away for fear of spoiling it, but I'm sure you know which one I mean.

Also! Wishing all the best for you in 2018. :)

Caftan Woman disse...

Very impressive "hero files". The lives of both the heroes your wrote so glowingly of have lessons to teach all of us. The world is a better place for their having been here.

Jocelyn disse...

Hi Le, I know I saw this so many years ago but don't remember too much other than I was impressed at the time. I like your approach to the subject--highlighting both the film and the real life hero(es) of Boys' Town. As I child I actually visited the location in Nebraska on a family vacation. I will definitely watch this soon, especially as I want to see more of Spencer Tracy's great work.

Brittaney disse...

I love the way you presented this and linked the real and film versions of Father Flanagan. We do need more ordinary heroes.

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