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Whenever the phrase loss of life is round, I consider Warren Zevon. Now since I noticed within the cinema The Snow SocietyI may also take into consideration the boys on the crashed aircraft within the Andes.

Warren Zevon, an American musician by no means sufficiently vindicated, had lung most cancers that killed him in a matter of months. When the physician instructed him that there was no remedy for his sickness, he determined to file the good album of his life: The Wind. And she determined one thing else simply as essential: he did not lose his humor. A black and sharp humor, very private, that throbbed in his songs for the reason that seventies, when he grew to become identified with such excellent albums as Excitable Boy.

Of the numerous anecdotes from that yr he fought most cancers, there may be one which occurred within the studio with the remainder of the band. In the method of recording The Wind, mentioned to his musicians: “Guys, do you remember that I’m dying? We are going very slowly, so we won’t finish on time. Just in case, do you know if EPs are still published?” They arrived on time, however simply: the full-length album -LP-, made up of 11 compositions, was revealed per week after his loss of life.

Warren Zevon passed away on September 8, 2003.
Warren Zevon handed away on September 8, 2003.

If there’s something that fascinated me about The Snow Society, was that the humor among the many survivors of the accident at all times lasted till the final breath and in inhuman circumstances. People trapped on the high of the mountain, deserted, ravenous, wounded and determined who allowed themselves to joke in the midst of the frozen hell, earlier than the tip that got here to many.

In probably the most symbolic scenes, the survivors, piled like particles inside a bit of airplane wherein the suitcases have been used as a wall towards the snow, started to play video games. payadas, a practice of Uruguayan shepherds wherein rhyming phrases are improvised. As JA Bayona defined in an academic video on Diario.es, this custom could be a type of rapping. Just earlier than beginning to shoot, the director compelled them to improvise the payadas, so as to obtain extra spontaneity in a state of affairs, which, as soon as once more, would finish with the mountain releasing its terror. She wished extra actual humor. Laughter saved them from going out. Like consuming human flesh, sustaining the flame of humor was one other technique to survive. Perhaps essentially the most human means.

The humorousness has at all times been one of many virtues that differentiates us from animals, a trait of human intelligence that ought to by no means be misplaced, even in adversarial conditions. I do not suppose a terrific friendship can exist with out humor, nor ought to it’s absent underneath the roof of a house. If a pair loses the flexibility to joke with one another, they’re absolutely in important situation. They may be zombies fulfilling the file of a relationship. Laughter, joking, the complicity of constructing the opposite stronger and extra assured by the joke will be understood as a vital kind of emotional care. A care that should even be inspired between dad and mom and youngsters. One of the issues I love about my son, nonetheless a baby, is that he can joke with me in every kind of conditions.

There is a fairly important second in The Snow Society wherein humor overcomes concern. Arturo, one of many survivors who’s about to die, says:

– “I believe in the God that Roberto has in his head when he comes to heal my wounds. In the God that Nando has in his legs to go out for a walk without conditions. I believe in Daniel’s hands when he cuts the meat and Fito when he distributes it… And in dead friends.”

To which Rafael replies:

– “You are a philosopher, Arturo. Altar boy and philosopher.”

Rafael says it with a smile, to which Arturo responds with a laugh, arising from a bruised and weak body like Numa’s, who also laughs when at 25 years old he barely weighs more than 25 kilos and also has little left to die.

Humor is another God to believe in. Even when it is lost it is worth remembering it. Do not fall into fear or pessimism. There is no society that can exist without it. As Warren Zevon wrote in the last song he wrote, Keep Me in Your Heart: “Sometimes when you are doing simple things at home, you might think of me and smile, that means you still know that I am attached to you like the buttons to your blouse.”

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