5 Reasons why Scent of a Woman is Truly Timeless

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5 Reasons why Scent of a Woman is Truly Timeless

Al Pacino has always been a force to be reckoned with but as Colonel Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman, he is truly timeless. Whether you are a baby boomer or a millennial, this film will pull you into its captivating world with its old school charm as it continues to remain relevant for ages to come.

If you haven’t already, we give you five reasons to watch the film that won Pacino his first Oscar. If you have already dwelled in its old school charm, read and bring comfort to the old soul in you by re-watching this timeless classic.

Old School Charm
“You’ve been in the sugar business for so long; you’ve forgotten the taste of real honey!”

Frank Slade is the definition of old school charm. His cigars could tell a thousand stories and his eyes could show you the meaning of poignancy.in it’s truest form. From the moment you are introduced to him, he will intrigue you with his “Hoo-ah’s” and epic plans.

Slade’s vintage awesomeness oozes from the way he carries himself. He can dance like there is no tomorrow and yet remain mysteriously pensive for days together. These qualities make him a fine man to be in the presence of.

Evoking the Tango Fire
“No mistakes in the tango, darling, not like life. It’s simple. That’s what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on.”

As ageless as the sun is Frank’s undying charm. He brings back the excitement in courting a lady by requesting to Tango with her. This Tango sequence in the scene will evoke so much fire in your heart that the only person capable of putting it out will be the colonel himself.

The Tango here is used as an element to rekindle excitement but if you choose to look deeper, you will find a man who is in need of saving. There is no doubting Slade’s Tango skills, but through this sequence, the director establishes his aching for companionship.

Blowing Steam the Regal Way
“I’ll give you two. You can dance the tango and drive a Ferrari better than anyone I’ve ever seen.”

Colonel Frank Slade does not blow off steam at the gym. In fact, he never tries to run it off or punch it off. He blows off steam by riding a Ferrari into the sun. He is reckless yet careful. He is a man of contradictions, the moment he steps into a regal car. The ride that awaits you once he is geared up is bound to be a ride that you’ll never forget.

Relevant Critique on the Education System
“I say you are killing the very spirit this institution proclaims it instils. What a sham. What kind of a show you guys are putting on here today? I mean, the only class in this act is sitting next to me, and I’m here to tell ya this boy’s soul is intact.”

Scent of a Woman’s climax is easily one of the most unforgettable scenes in the history of cinema. In the scene, Frank Slade lashes out against the malpractices of renowned educational institutions. He points out the terrifying blunders that exist in their rewarding system. Sadly, this critique is relevant even today. Most of the educational institutions break the spirit of their students by forcing inapplicable rules on them. Frank Slade’s rebellion against their wrongdoing is one of the most significant aspects of the film which makes it timeless.

Knowledge is an Ageless Pursuit
“Now I have come to the cross-roads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew, but I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here’s Charlie. He’s come to the cross-roads. He has chosen a path. It’s the right path. It’s a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey.”

Towards the climax of Scent of a Woman, you meet with a realization that knowledge is an ageless pursuit. Colonel Frank Slade is quite a wise man. He bears scars of battle in his body and mind. But all his experiences take a backseat as he learns many life lessons from a prep school student.

This aspect highlighting the film makes it eternally admissible. Director Martin Brest’s narrative teaches you that we all have things to learn from each other. The film makes you realize that wisdom is really wisdom only as long as it keeps expanding.

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