It is sometimes said that the greatest human emotion is fear. This makes sense – fear is a powerful motivator. It can make people do things they never thought themselves capable of, whether great or unspeakable. Fear grips a person, makes it hard to think or use one's logical faculties.
Of course, everything has its counterpart, and I would argue that alongside fear in its power is passion. I would argue that passion is a more powerful emotion even than love, for while they are often considered to be the same, they are distinct. Love is deep and enduring; passion can arise at any time given the right circumstances. “Romeo and Juliet” is considered a great love story, but our two young people hardly even knew each other – they shared a passion which ultimately caused them to do very stupid things.
Literature, film, poetry, song, and all other storytelling mediums are full of stories of intense passion, telling of people who act on this basic instinct, sometimes with good results, but so often with horrific consequences (after all, stories do tend towards the dramatic). Either way, passion is a powerful motivator, so it's no wonder that storytellers utilize it so often.
Enter the topic of our conversation: “The Deep Blue Sea,” which is currently playing at Village 8 Theater as the newest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series. Based on the play of the same name by Terence Rattigan, the film tells the story of Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) and her passionate affair with Royal Air Force pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston). The catch? Hester is married to Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale), who is a judge in the High Court.
“The Deep Blue Sea” plays at Village 8 until Thursday, June 21. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.
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