L’attimo fuggente (film di Peter Weir del 1989)

O capitano! Mio capitano!… Uno dei versi più famosi del poeta statunitense Walt Whitman, dedicati a Lincoln, sono anche tra le parole più iconiche del cinema. Robin Williams, nei panni del professore John Keating, le pronuncia per primo nel film L’ATTIMO FUGGENTE. Diretto da Peter Weir e prodotto nel 1989, oltre al mattatore Williams, vi sono giovani attori tra cui Robert Sean Leonard e Ethan Hawke.

Ambientato negli Stati Uniti alla fine degli anni cinquanta, è uno dei racconti più complessi ed emozionanti che la settima arte ci ha lasciato in eredità, anche perché non è solo John Keating, con la sua geniale follia e triste umanità a comandare la scena, ma anche alcuni studenti tra cui il brillante Neil Perry, succube di un padre molto severo, il timido ed impacciato Todd Anderson e l’innamorato Knox Overstreet a rendersi protagonisti. Neil rimarrà impotente di fronte all’autorità paterna tanto da togliersi la vita, Knox coronerà il suo sogno d’amore con la bella Chris e Todd riuscirà a vincere le proprie paure attraverso la dedizione del professor Keating. I ragazzi inoltre decidono di ricostituire la Setta dei poeti estinti riunendosi in una grotta al calar della notte per gustare versi improvvisati e ciò costerà parecchio, non solo a Neil ma anche allo spavaldo Charlie Dalton, espulso dal college per una soffiata dell’infido Richard Cameron. La scena finale con Anderson che per primo sale sopra il banco, seguito da tantissimi altri, gridando la famosa frase del poeta Whitman solidarizzando per il professore Keating, costretto a dimettersi dall’istituto: tutto ciò è emozione pura per tutto ciò che riguarda la recitazione.

L’ATTIMO FUGGENTE è un capolavoro assoluto: qualsiasi altro commento sarebbe pleonastico, e chi lo scrive se ne assume la responsabilità.

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