Fly Fisherman in the Distance

A River Runs Through it is an autobiography of Norman Maclean who quotes William Wordsworth and other poets throughout the film as he is growing up to find his destiny, like me, as a teacher.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fourth Wall.”

Damien Riley A River Runs Through itSince watching my favorite movie, A River Runs Through it, in the 90’s I’ve been drawn to waters. The Montana cinema scapes are powerful to behold. Robert Redford did an amazing job directing and producing this film about the life of a pastoral family set in nature’s paradise. If I was in this film, you’d find me fly fishing. Right behind Norman, his dad, and brother, I’d probably be smoking a pipe and using fly hooks to catch the biggest trout and bass. In times of peace like that, I have found my reasons for living and the truth of my own existence. A river is an amazing metaphor. The final lines of the movie say:

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”

This movie has been my motivation to finish graduate school, to be a reader, and student of nature. It would have been ultra cool to play in this film as an an “extra” upriver fly fishing away, thoughts of existence in my ever seeking mind. This movie has probably affected me more than any in my lifetime.

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