Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Edward Albert: Butterflies Are Free (1972)


Butterflies Are Free (1972), an American comedy-drama film starring Edward Albert, Goldie Hawn and Eileen Heckart; the movie is based on the 1969 play by Leonard Gershe. The title is based  on  Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (1852–53): “I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.” Sometimes the freedom an individual desires is to be free from an overbearing, overprotective mother, as is the case in this film. “Freedom.” Is this not always the question before us: how much freedom individuals living in a community, both large and small ought to have? How to exercise such “freedoms”? how many of these freedoms ought to be enshrined as “rights”? The nature of politics within a democracy is for politicians, the people’s representatives, to decide such questions through discussion and debate and then a vote on whether to legalize it. In non-democratic states, of course, such things do not take place, the people’s interests matter not, do not count and are never taken into consideration.
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