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Immortal movies

  1. Aug 7, 2017 #1
    In 50 years time or less.. human can begin to become immortals.. living for average of 10,000 years.. but I wonder what the world will be like if we have immortal Hitlers...

    I ought to see some movies with Immortality themes as I ponder on my own immortality.. what have you seen that is the most memorable..
     
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  3. Aug 7, 2017 #2

    scottdave

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    On one of the Dr. Who episodes, either last season or one before: Dr. Who uses some alien technology to save a Viking girl's life. The technology is such that it repairs any cell damage or deterioration. This basically turns her into an immortal. But apparently the human brain has limited storage capacity, and the story has her forgetting a lot of her history, including her name. She starts calling herself "Me". It was interesting.

    One thing that comes to mind when you talk about this: are you talking about humans that cannot die (damage regenerates), or cannot age?
     
  4. Aug 7, 2017 #3

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    I don't know of any movies but there's an amazing short story by Jorge Luis Borges on the theme, called 'The Immortal'. One collection in which it is published in English is the book 'Labyrinths'.

    There is also the Czech play Věc Makropulos by Karel Čapek, from which Janáček made an opera, of which a filmed version is available. I expect there are English versions of the play too. The usual English name is 'The Makropulos Case' of 'The Makropulos Affair'. The British philosopher Bernard Williams wrote a famous and influential essay about it. I have not read the play or seen the opera, although I've read parts of Williams' essay.

    EDIT: oh, and how could I forget - there is a famous movie on this topic - Groundhog Day.
    And I second scottdave's Doctor Who ref. That was a very interesting thread that wove its way through a few successive stories.
     
  5. Aug 7, 2017 #4

    scottdave

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    Oh, and how could I have forgotten about the Highlander movies?
     
  6. Aug 7, 2017 #5
    Both.. can't die and can't age.. I think half of us here can become recipient of immortality someday soon.. but if you are already 90 years old.. would you want to be immortal in 90 year old body forever.. maybe transferring to another body would be a good idea.

    However, something concerns me. Is there any evidence at all that some aliens in the past improved our genetics so we were able to diverge from other animals and became self aware? Because if we were created as slave race.... remember the warning.. "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever".. let's say someday we improve another planet with slave lifeforms, do we want them to live forever..

    In other words, if we were designed and our alien creators didn't want us to live forever.. then before any of us can become immortals.. we may have to fight an intergalactic war first (or earth sabotaged before we can even go up)?
     
  7. Dec 9, 2017 #6
    The Age of Adaline (2015)
    This has become one of my favorite movies. The plot is primarily about the multiple problems a non-aging person in our world would likely have to deal with.
     
  8. Dec 13, 2017 #7
    Not in the movies, but Tom Bombadil in the LOTR was pretty much immortal as I recall. I liked the way Gandalf dismissed the idea of giving Tom the ring. Basically because Tom just didn't give a hoot about such things. Maybe immortals can spend all their years dancing and singing like Tom B.
     
  9. Dec 13, 2017 #8
    In the Sandman series of graphic novels, there is a story about a man who makes a deal to live until he chooses to die. He goes through highs and lows and gets to live patterns in society that are only identified normally after the fact in history books. He is at times broke and sickly and rich and well to do - but never chooses to die. It's a good story about the psychology that comes out of being mortal but living forever.
     
  10. Dec 13, 2017 #9

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    The science fiction author Larry Niven had substance which could slow down or stop the aging process in several of his stories. They could still be damaged, but medical healing technology was pretty advanced. Essentially if you were still alive when the med bot got to you, then you could be saved and put back together.
     
  11. Dec 13, 2017 #10
    That's an interesting point - which kind of immortality are we talking about? You don't age and don't die except of unnatural and gruesome causes (Highlander)? You don't age and you don't die unless you die of something unnatural? You cannot die and you cannot age? If you die, you come right back as if you weren't harmed? You can't die, but your body does accrue damage (think zombies)? You don't die but you do age?

    There are a lot of ways to be immortal.
     
  12. Dec 13, 2017 #11

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    The Highlander: immortals until they get their heads cut off.
     
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