Power of Myth [Import]
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers in the acclaimed PBS series. Includes The Hero's Adventure, The Message of the Myth, The First Storytellers, Sacrifice and Bliss, Love and the Goddess, Masks of Eternity. 360 minutes.
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is essential viewing for anyone old enough to appreciate its vital teachings. One of the greatest interviews ever recorded, this six-part, six-hour encounter between teacher- mythologist Campbell and student-journalist Bill Moyers (recorded in the two years preceding Campbell's death in 1988) covers a galaxy of topics related to Campbell's central themes: Mythology is humanity's universal method of seeking the transcendental, and "follow your bliss" is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction. Campbell himself is the embodiment of these themes, an erudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum of myths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, and many more) to illustrate humankind's eternal quest to grasp the mysteries of creation. Historical artifacts and illustrations bring these timeless stories to life.
An astute interviewer, Moyers is an acolyte in perfect harmony with Campbell-as- mentor, wording questions with penetrating perfection as their intellectual dance reaches exhilarating heights of meaning and fascination. Moyers also finds the perfect hook for a global audience, examining Campbell's admiration of George Lucas's Star Wars saga as a popular tapestry of ancient myths, and Lucas himself is interviewed in a DVD bonus segment ("I'm not creating a new myth," he says, "but telling old myths in a new way"). Campbell's seemingly endless well of knowledge reaches a simple conclusion: we need myths to survive like we need oxygen to breathe, as a life force with which to understand our existence--past, present, and future. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Keep in mind, I am totally bias towards Campbell. He was the only person in my life who ever really moved me, and changed my life. Looking at this material objectively, I can say that it deals with our perceptions of life, of how the old stories speak to us of wisdom, if we can open our ears, so to speak. Myth is a beautiful but mystical thing. One can hear the words and receive the example, or even get the point, and miss the inspiration. Language is after all just a vessel to get across an idea (cargo.) We so often focus on the vessel and miss the cargo. Myth carries with it a fantastic yet simple vessel, but without getting the cargo one could never take in its purpose. By that I mean to say that if you do not have an open dock (open mind), then stay clear of this vessel. (It's too big for you.)
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This is a series of talks, a casual interview between Bill Moyers and Professor Joseph Campbell.Read more ›
First of all, why is Gnosticism considered 'dangerous', Dr Maverick Philospher? To state that "the Gnostic view is mistaken because it by-passes responsibility and allows the perpetration of horrible crimes and even justifies the latter" is simply a statement of your belief. Obviously, you cannot accept that Campbell categorizes the stories Jews and Christians tell themselves as myths, when believers of these faiths are hung up on the idea that they are nothing less than historical and verifiable Truth, which they clearly are not.
Secondly, Jeff, it's CAMPBELL not CAMBELL.
Thirdly, "fionnmaccumhal", it's only tedious if your listening skills (or lack thereof) prevent you from understanding that something is actually being said.
Finally, Louis, asking "Why?" is like asking 'why do we breathe?'. Myth is the language all cultures use to descibe the world to themselves. Today CNN, FOX News, etc, all rely on myth. I think it is a given here. If you didn't get that, watch it again, or read Roland Barthes 'Mythologies'.
To THINK and reflect about life, I dont know anything so dense and yet so user's friendly so to speak The man has LIVED what he talks about : THAT makes a big difference.
Mister Campbell was a gifted, articulate and quite experienced communicator. This is his gift at the end of his fructuous life
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PBS captured the essence of the thinking of this great man just months before his death, and now we have the interview series on DVD for posterity. Many thanks.Published on April 18 2009 by Colin M. Curleigh
This is a GREAT series. I learned so much from Joseph Campbell, and will always be grateful for his work, which shows the universal themes in religion and mythology, including all... Read morePublished on May 20 2004
If you are looking for something quick and easy to understand at all levels with entertainment to keep you excited this is probably not for you. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by M. Sojka
This is a DVD to watch if you are a little tired of Hollywood dumb down pap and are ready to stretch your brain a bit. Read morePublished on March 25 2004
If there would be such a thing as the Magnum Opus of mythology, these tapes/dvd's would be a part of it. Mr Campbell is very elaborate on the various subjects that can be viewed. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Sesquiltera
To the surprising amount of reviewers who issued complaints of boredom because this "movie" was 'too long' and contained 'too much talking', all I can say is, what... Read morePublished on March 9 2004
There are some writers whose names continue to pop up and if you're a curious type like me, eventually you just have to check out if they're as good as folks say they are. Read morePublished on March 3 2004
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