A dissertation on child psychology from Meet Me in St Louis, cognitive testing is planned after a motorcycle coma, and Joyeux Noël is an enlightening tale about WW1 Christmas events.

Follow up on Tootie

After yesterday’s post about Tootie in Meet Me in St. Louis, I’ve come across a most remarkable dissertation on Wartime and the Morbid Child Psychology of Meet Me in St. Louis (pdf) where he delves full on in to the psychology of what was happening at the time, helping us to come to an understanding of what was happening at the time.

Cognitive tests

Later on it was in to town to attend a meeting with a psychologist myself, to see if I’ve been affected much by a motorcycle accident and coma in 2009. As a result he’s going to recommend to ACC that I be put forward for some tests. None were done back then at the time though, so there really is no base-line to measure against.

Mind you, just over a year ago I volunteered in a study on bi-polar individuals, where I was in a control group as a representative of what is normal. The tests that were done then were:

Joyeux Noël

Last night it was over to Lisa’s to enjoy Joyeux Noël (2005), about the World War I Christmas truce that took place.

Other than the conflict occurring at the time, this movie also delves in to a loving conflict between two singers, Anna Sörensen (Diane Krüger) and Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann). Sprink is a German tenor who has been forced in to the war. Anna, who sings a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Ave Maria, forces high command to agree to a Christmas recital , where she can once again meet up with Sprink.

Afterwards, they both head out to the trenches to help lift their spirits, and in the process the Scots pipers join in too. A temporary cease-fire is agreed on between all parties to last until the end of Christmas Eve. The only problem though is that after such humanity takes place, going back to war is difficult indeed. The Germans invite the French over to their trenches for shelter when bombing occurs, and the French return the favour. Dehumanisation needs to occur again, which we see is vital to the process of war to occur.

At times we find ourselves engrossed and entranced by the events that take place. There are some incredibly touching events that take place, and some nice touches such as the chap who has an alarm clock set to go off at 10am every morning as a memory of morning teas he enjoyed with his mother.

They even worked in a nice piece about the farmyard cat that goes back and forth between the trenches, each having a different name for him, which high command in the end orders to be arrested for acts of high treason. Here’s a nice poem too about the cat that was shot for treason.