"You would have to spend the rest of your life knowing that someone else is married to your husband," Marie (Carrie Fisher) tells Sally (Meg Ryan) and what makes this line so funny is the inner-contradiction: if there is someone who is really Sally's husband, then Sally will be the one to marry him, not someone else; if someone else marries him, he must not have been Sally's husband. This crossing of fate vs. chance lines the dark clouds of Rob Reiner's 1989 romantic hit When Harry Met Sally which ranks #23 on the AFI's 100 Funniest Films List, so it's an important film.
"No, I don't like to eat in between meals," the sexual innuendos have all ready begin, because by offering Sally the fruit, Harry (Billy Crystal) is offering her "forbidden fruit" because he's all ready in a relationship with her friend. Sally not "eating in-between meals," means that she doesn't engage in sexual relationships in-between her real commitments. When Harry turns to spit out the grape seeds and he spits them onto the closed window, it graphically illustrates for us Harry's attempt to place "his seed" in her and her "obstacle" to his seed; it's okay, though, we shouldn't get too upset: displaying the genuine dynamic between them is what makes the film a classic. Without the genuine, it doesn't endure the test of time.
|The scenic meal the friends have tells us also how picturesque they view love to be.|
Jung Really Said and, because he is in the personal growth section, we know that for both Sally and Harry, they are trying to grow from what it is that they have learned from their experiences. Just as Harry knew his and Helen's happiness was just an illusion, so Sally realized that her and Joe's happiness was an illusion, also.
First, as she describes the dream, she's wearing a hat, which means she's "keeping a lid on it," about all the details that she's not sharing with Harry (this is the only time in the film she wears a hat) and her "keeping herself covered" juxtaposes itself to being "stripped" of all her clothes in her dream. What does that mean? Clothes symbolize who we are because clothes are a self-expression about out status in society and what we think of ourselves (but it can also mean how we hide ourselves, they can act as a facade) so Sally wants someone from whom she can't hide anything, who knows what it is she is thinking and feeling without her having to say it. Because Harry says things that forces her to think about what it is she thinks on something (topics that normally wouldn't come up with someone else) he does that for her in a way.
As they are eating, again, the importance of food and taking in of the other person, Sally shows Harry what his self-centeredness and shallow attitude towards sex is doing to him. Because sex is having intercourse with someone, Harry's emphasis on the purely physical is a form of "faking" just as much as Sally's "faking" of an orgasm in public is. "I'll have what she's having," isn't funny, it's sad, because "it looks like" Sally is having a good time, but she's really proving a painful, and important point to Harry about why he's so unhappy: he never lets anyone in or truly gives himself to someone else.
|Citing Oklahoma! is one of the many genius strokes When Harry Met Sally takes. After I have a chance to post on Oklahoma! I will link up the two films, but it would take too long here.|
|A kiss always symbolizes the breath of life we give to another and receive from another.|