Posted by: bwoof | December 29, 2009


We had a chance to see the new movie, a true story about Nelson Mandela, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Invictus is worth seeing and if you are like me and know precious little about South Africa and apartheid, then you’ll learn a lot.

The movie’s title was inspired by a poem that Mandela had printed on a scrap of paper, a poem that he read while incarcerated for many many years as a result of his protest against apartheid. Here’s the text of William Ernest Henley’s inspiration, Invictus (translates from Latin to English as ‘unconquered’) with bold text highlighted by me:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Grateful for:

  • people of courage
  • change for good
  • moviemakers who tell good storie
  • poetry

Curious about:

  • how did Matt Damon put on those extra 30 lbs that were needed to bulk up and look like the captain of the South Africa rugby team?
  • how did Clint Eastwood, Director, make Matt Damon and average size guy look 6″ taller?

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