The night before last I was in a theta brain wave state—on the edge of sleep when, for no reason, scenes from the movie Contact started streaming through the creases of my gray matter. It was of my favorite scene (clips below). Although I am not a big TV fan, I was in the mood for watching a flick yesterday afternoon and started scanning.
There it was—Contact.
Goosebumps paid an expected visit. It was the very scene I had vividly visualized while drifting off to la la land.
Talk about serendipity! ➡ Clicky 😀
I relish the thought of traveling through a wormhole (first clip), and ending up in such a mesmerizing place (second clip).
I thought it would be fun to post a few of my favorite quotes from the movie, along with some images I downloaded a few years back from Moodflow.com while making creative-type (decompression) videos. The movie is one of my all-time favorites. For those who have never seen Contact, here’s a little background extracted from Wikipedia.
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan (his partner and co-writer of Cosmos) began working on the film in 1979. Together, they wrote a 100+ page film treatment. When the project to make the film became mired in development hell, Sagan published Contact as a novel in 1985 and the film adaptation was rejuvenated in 1989. The filming for Contact lasted from September 1996 to February 1997.
Encouraged to explore as a child by her late father, Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway (played by Jodi Foster) works for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. She listens to radio transmissions hoping to find signals sent by extraterrestrial life.
Arroway gains backing from secretive billionaire industrialist S. R. Hadden, who has followed her career and allows her to continue her studies at the Very Large Array (VLA) in Socorro County, New Mexico. Four years later, with David Drumlin (Science Advisor to the President) seeking to close SETI, Arroway finds a signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently sent from the star Vega.
The project is put under tight security and its progress followed worldwide. Arroway learns that the signal contains more than 60,000 “pages” of what appear to be technical drawings. Hadden secretly meets with Arroway to provide the means to decode the pages, found when they are arranged in three dimensions. The pages reveal a complex machine allowing for one human occupant inside a pod to be dropped into three spinning rings.
The nations of the world fund the construction of the machine in Cape Canaveral at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39. An international panel is assembled to choose a candidate to travel in the machine.
Although Arroway is one of the top selections, Christian philosopher Palmer Joss, a panel member whom Arroway met in Puerto Rico and with whom she had a brief romantic encounter, brings attention to her lack of religious faith. As this differentiates her from most humans, the panel selects Drumlin as more representative. On the day the machine is tested, a religious fanatic destroys the machine in a suicide bombing, killing Drumlin and many others.
Hadden reveals to Arroway that a second machine is hidden in Hokkaido, Japan, and that Arroway will be its pilot. Arroway, outfitted with several recording devices, is locked into the pod of the Japanese machine, dropped into the spinning rings, and disappears. When the pod apparently travels through a series of wormhole, she experiences displacement and can observe the outside environment, including a radio array-like structure at Vega and signs of an advanced civilization on an unknown planet.
My two favorite scenes:
Ellie Arroway: [Witnessing a celestial light show up close] Some celestial event. No – no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should’ve sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful… I had no idea.
In the second clip, Arroway finds herself in a surreal beachfront landscape similar to a childhood picture she drew of Pensacola, Florida, and a blurry figure approaches that becomes her deceased father. Arroway recognizes him as an alien taking her father’s form and attempts to ask questions. The alien deflects her inquiries, explaining that this journey was just humanity’s first step to joining other spacefaring species.
Favorite quotes from the movie:
David Drumlin: I know you must think this is all very unfair. Maybe that’s an understatement. What you don’t know is I agree. I wish the world was a place where fair was the bottom line, where the kind of idealism you showed at the hearing was rewarded, not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world.
Ellie Arroway: Funny, I’ve always believed that the world is what we make of it.
Ellie Arroway: You know, there are four hundred billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If only one out of a million of those had planets, and just of out of a million of those had life, and just one out of a million of those had intelligent life; there would be literally millions of civilizations out there.
Ellie Arroway: You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an “airplane,” you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it’s ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right?
Look, all I’m asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history… of history.
Alien: You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.
Ellie Arroway: So what’s more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn’t exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn’t have to feel so small and alone?
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Dedicated to the Memory of Carl