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Movies with Meaning: Existentialism through Film

Movies with Meaning: Existentialism through Film

by Daniel Shaw


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This book pairs close readings of some of the classic writings of existentialist philosophers with interpretations of films that reveal striking parallels to each of those texts, demonstrating their respective philosophies in action. Individual chapters include significant excerpts from the original texts being discussed and illustrated. Pairings cover Schopenhauer and Waking Life, Stirner and Hud, Kierkegaard and Winter Light, Nietzsche and The Fountainhead, Heidegger, Blade Runner and The Thin Red Line, Camus, Leaving Las Vegas and Missing, Sartre, Husbands and Wives, and Michael Collins, de Beauvoir and Revolutionary Road, and Foucault and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Movies with Meaning offers a clear and insightful examination of the relationships between existential philosophers and film, providing both digests of their most significant texts and cinematic illustrations of what each had in mind. For the first time in one place, this book analyses the implications for film of the perspectives of a wide array of the most significant existentialist thinkers. Organized chronologically, like most existentialism anthologies, this is an ideal textbook for an intermediate level existentialism course, or as a companion to a selection of primary texts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474299299
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/29/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Daniel Shaw is Professor in the Department of Communication and Philosophy, Lock Haven University, USA.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Why Existentialism and Film?

1 Dreams, Illusions and Will in Waking Life and Studies in Pessimism
2 Egoism in Max Stirner's The Ego and His Own and in Hud
3 Kierkegaard and Bergman on Faith and Despair
4 Howard Rourke as Nietzschean Overman in The Fountainhead
5 Being-Towards-Death in Blade Runner: Angst, Authenticity and Care
6 Heidegger's Poetics and the Truth of War in The Thin Red Line
7 Absurdity and Suicide in Leaving Las Vegas and The Myth of Sisyphus
8 Rebellion and Murder in Missing and Camus's The Rebel
9 Sartrean Romantic Pessimism in Husbands and Wives
10 Sartre and the Justice of Violent Rebellion in Michael Collins
11 De Beauvoir's Fight against Gender Stereotypes and Revolutionary Road
12 Foucault's Madness and Civilization and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Afterword: Existential Philosophies and the Movies that Embody Them


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