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Published:March 8th, 2007 17:13 EST
To Remain Human is to Remain One's Self

To Remain Human is to Remain One's Self

By Suren Hossein

I will never forget the final bits of dialogue from The Papillon while Henri 'Papillon' Charriere sailed on the wooden boat having shouted, “I am still alive”.

I have seen so many touching films; however, The Papillon is more penetrating than most in my opinion.

I have seen this influential movie several times and each time that I have seen it, I have gained moral messages which have assisted me in the development of a more hopeful life.

My mobile ring tone is The Papillon music film and everyone always asks me, “Can you Bluetooth me this outstanding music?” Of course, I am hesitate in giving it out because I don’t want to share it with someone that does not feel the same way that I do or someone that hasn’t any nostalgic feelings about the film.  Jerry Goldsmith is very special to me and I regard him as one of the greatest film music makers in the world.

Steve McQueen is an ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s show Sublime and performs brilliantly in The Papillon. In my opinion, some of the scenes from The Papillon are some of the most unforgettable scenes of cinema history.

One can close their eyes and remember the scene that Henri 'Papillon' Charriere goes to the smuggler’s tent and obeys the boss’s request to smoke his cigarette whereas, that man is leprous. The boss applauses him as a result of his bravery and gives him some diamonds.

To imagine the heart ship of staying for several years in prison would be frightening to anyone except Papillon. He endures the worst tortures because he would not betray his mate, Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega even though he knew he was responsible and would be banished to the dungeon.

How many of us are like him?

He sacrificed himself to prevent ruining what we call “humanity”. Meanwhile, He keeps his hope up to the last moments of life.

I learned a great deal from the ones who struggled constantly. Thank you Steve McQueen for a great movie.