Among the American films released in 1993, there is a film called "Rudy."
Rudy is a biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite enormous obstacles.
Like a movie, Rudy, 1993.
Rudy was born into a poor blue-collar family, one of 12 kids. Like his parents, Rudy also had to work as a factory worker as if it were his fate. He only dreamed of becoming a football player at the prestigious University of Notre Dame.
All but, he didn't have enough grades to enter the prestigious Notre Dame or muscular body, physical status, talent to become a minor football player. Additionally, there was neither a wealthy father nor a legacy within the university to open the back door to college naturally.
Even though he had many hurdles to jump up, he eventually overcame all kinds of trials and tribulations and became a football player at the University of Notre Dame. Based on a non-fictional story, this film depicts the hard work toward a dream and the process of overcoming it with moving anecdotes.
Rudy saved the money from working as a factory worker and moved near the University of Notre Dame. Neither his family nor his girlfriend understands Rudy, whose dream fits his situation. Rudy worked hard for all-A credit in his courses, starting with his community college. He tried to transfer every time and dreams of moving but failed. Fortunately, Rudy succeeded in admission with one last semester remaining. But he also had great difficulties becoming a football player. Above all, his body was short and under average in the team.
He couldn't even afford a house to make matters worse. Fortunately, the school manager helped him sleep in the school office.
Rudy dreamed of playing at a football stadium someday, and of achieving that dream, he cleaned the stadium and exercised hard on the football team. His enthusiasm like this moved the teammate around him.
Each of his fellow seniors, led by team captain and All-American Roland Steele, lines up to lay his jersey on team coach Devine's desk, requesting Rudy be allowed to dress in his place for the season's final game. "Please let Rudy play instead of me." Eventually, all the players put their jerseys on the desk like this. But he's still not out of luck. But his passion and hard work pay off in the end.
At the time, A teammate's little "Rudy" cry echoes throughout the stadium. Finally, everyone shouted Rudy. The coach, who always opposed Rudy going to the finals, had no choice but to push Rudy's back. Devine finally lets Rudy play on the Notre Dame kickoff to Georgia Tech. Rudy stays in for the final play and sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback.
With the help of his teammates, Rudy could run his dream stadium in the final game.
The Rudy was carried his teammates' shoulders to cheers from the stadium.
The final scene is very moving to see the players running with an undersized Rudy cheering for the stadium. I wish we could write a success story like this in our lives. If hard work and passion are recognized someday, society will be a truly healthy society.
However, although the director made a movie based on a true story, many people cannot live in such a healthy society with their hope.
The 1993 movie "Rudy" told the story about how Ruettiger, a poor student from a working class background, struggled to join his beloved Notre Dame football team despite being much smaller than the other players. After years on the team's practice squad, his determination eventually wins him the chance to play in the last game of his senior year, fulfilling his lifelong dream.
Anecdotes and success stories that evoke such strong motifs and passion are all around us. But looking at the illustration below, it makes you think again whether this is really that easy.
I know Rudy's heart. How many people like Paula above illustration can't still live their dreams because they have no money, opportunity, or time to support their families?
Art education, in particular, is an impossible field without money, resources, and support. But is it a sin for a poor student to have a dream because they like to draw?
How should these aspiring artists make their dreams come true?
In Rudy's movie, someone like an angel appears to help whenever Rudy is desperate and frustrated. The people like guardian angels encouraged him, supported him, and helped him unknowingly. I think Rudy was fortunate. In reality, most don't.
I know a student who studied like Rudy. One of my husband's relatives is an artist. He was poor and had no money to buy art materials. With an unsatisfactory situation, he entered art school.
But he couldn't do homework or paint because the art course needed financial support such as materials, exhibitions, and advertisements. He was always frustrated whenever he faced reality. However, his friends, who felt sorry for his situation, secretly threw the charcoal and pencils he had drawn on the floor. And they signaled him to take it without any permission. He was able to graduate safely with the help of these friends.
Wouldn't it be great if Rudy could freely and safely enter and graduate the painter without these angels? However, even with the changing times and the passing of time, the admission fee for art colleges is not low enough for poor students to comfortably try. Even after admission, they have to think about the material, exhibition, and publicity costs. Even after graduating safely, finding a job is not easy. An artist's desire to live with only a brush expresses his will to starve to death.
Like Rudy in the movie, many senior artists overcame these adverse conditions and moved forward. However, I hope that the society we live in one day will become a society that does not require Rudy, not a culture that makes such a Rudy. So I hope that those who are poor but want to paint can safely pursue their dreams. I hope that you will not worry about your livelihood for the rest of your life and worry about your future simply because you love to draw and want to draw.
Myungja Anna Koh