From the library: Movie review “Last Holiday”

Alec Guinness as George Bird and Kay Walsh as Mrs. Poole in a still from Henry Cass’s film, Last Holiday. Photo credit

Alison Trautmann


As Thanksgiving Break beckons students with its promises of turkey and stuffing, family and friends, it also can inspire questions. What does it mean to be thankful? Do you appreciate everything that is in your life? What would you do if this was your “last holiday”?

Head on over to the Marywood University library to check out the wonderful film “Last Holiday” starring Sir Alec Guinness as lonely salesman, George Bird, who is diagnosed with the fictional “Lampington’s Disease. Viewers may recognize Guinness from his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. His doctor gives him one month to live, so, not having any family or friends, Bird sells his house, cashes in his life insurance policy, packs his bags and heads off to an expensive resort to live out his last days in pleasure.

However, when he arrives at the resort, he has untold measures of luck, falls in love, and receives an offer of partnership in a business. Sadly this success is tainted by his knowledge that he will soon lose everything that he has through his death. The film certainly does not have the expected ending but it emphasizes the fact that each day should be lived how you want to be living. Don’t wait for “someday.”

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