Lawrence Bender’s Film Fashion

Lawrence Bender is one of the greatest film producers of our time. He has created beautiful works of art like Good Will Hunting, Inglorious Basterds, and An Inconvenient Truth along with Pulp Fiction. Lawrence Bender got into film relatively late compared to others like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. In this article, I’m going to be breaking down Lawrence Bender’s past, how he got into film and my favorite film of his.

Lawrence Bender was born and raised in a Jewish family in The Bronx, New York City, New York. Growing up, he wanted to become a civil engineer partially due to the fact that his grandfather was one and because there were great jobs in that field. Long story short, Lawrence Bender graduated from high school and enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He graduated with that degree in 1979.

When he was in college is when Bender started to really dive into the arts. He picked up the art of dancing and loved it. His new dream was to become a professional dancer. Unfortunately, this dream was cut short by a permanent injury that he obtained. He then took on film producing.

Let’s be honest. Lawrence Bender has produced some magnificent works of art but my favorite film of his would have to go to Good Will Hunting. In the movie, the protagonist Will Hunting comes from a rough background. He grows up as an orphan with his brothers being his best friends. He is abused regularly, both physically, mentally, and emotionally by his guardians.

As Hunting grows up and starts to work, he takes a job as a janitor working the late shift at MIT. While cleaning one night, he solved a very difficult problem in the hallway that astounded both the students and the faculty. This is what leads him to meet Sean Maguire. Maguire acted as the mentor and father figure that Will Hunting never had. He helped guide will through whatever life threw at him, allowing him to give up his past and strengthen the person he was to become.

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