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Who's your favorite depiction of Death in books, movies, etc...?

 
 
Reply Thu 24 Jan, 2019 07:46 pm
 
George
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jan, 2019 08:06 pm
Robert Redford in the Twilight Zone episode "Nothing in the Dark".
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 24 Jan, 2019 10:34 pm
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 02:20 am
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/411d-YVFPuL.jpg

From The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 06:48 am
@izzythepush,
The very snarky but still compassionate reapers of Dead Like Me (TV Series 2003–2004)
https://i.imgur.com/aoSSmPJ.jpg
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 07:40 am
I never got over Tony’s death in West Side Story
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 08:16 am
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

I never got over Tony’s death in West Side Story

Just to let you know: We're talking about Death with a capital D AKA a personified character of the concept (not a character's death).

I don't remember any grim reaper character in West Side Story (at least in a literal not existential/metaphorical sense of things).
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 09:45 am
I have 2,
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81sc9RIIoRL.jpg

and

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/42/Pale_Rider.jpg/220px-Pale_Rider.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 09:59 am
@McGentrix,
Brilliant choices (though I've wondered recently if the Pier Anthony books possibly aged well... not that I am motivated enough to revisit them anytime soon.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 10:03 am
Ghost of Christmas to Come in Christmas Carol

And

Legend of Sleepy Hallow’s Headless Horseman
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 10:10 am
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

Ghost of Christmas to Come in Christmas Carol

And

Legend of Sleepy Hallow’s Headless Horseman

I like it in the Simms Scrooge film in particular.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 10:17 am
@PUNKEY,
Two more iconic choices.
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George
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jan, 2019 05:27 pm
[Buffalo Bill 's]
By E. E. Cummings

Buffalo Bill ’s
defunct
............who used to
............ride a watersmooth-silver
.....................................................stallion
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
..........................................................Jesus

he was a handsome man
........................................and what i want to know is
how do you like your blue-eyed boy
Mister Death
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jan, 2019 04:36 am
@George,
I bet cutting and pasting that was a complete pain in the arse.
Lash
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jan, 2019 09:03 am
There’s only one portrayal of death that sticks out to me, and I think I was more interested in (chilled by?) the lack of stereotypical malevolence —and His cold, observational quality, paired with the lives He was observing, commenting on, and claiming.

Death is the narrator of what I think is a pretty nice historical fiction set in Nazi Germany—The Book Thief.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jan, 2019 09:11 am
@George,
Thanks, George. I’d not seen that one.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jan, 2019 09:13 am
@McGentrix,
Pale Rider, very nice choice.
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George
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jan, 2019 07:29 am
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

I bet cutting and pasting that was a complete pain in the arse.
Yeah, but worth it!
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George
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jan, 2019 07:32 am
I think of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" as death, but maybe that's just me.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—‘La Belle Dame sans Merci
Thee hath in thrall!’
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jan, 2019 07:39 am
@George,
If you're going to do that I might as well include Vicount Castlereagh.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/51/Lord_Castlereagh_Marquess_of_Londonderry.jpg/200px-Lord_Castlereagh_Marquess_of_Londonderry.jpg

I met Murder on the way--
He had a mask like Castlereagh--


Shelley The Mask of Anarchy.

http://knarf.english.upenn.edu/PShelley/anarchy.html
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