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Plato and Popcorn: A Philosopher's Guide to 75 Thought-Provoking Movies
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Plato and Popcorn: A Philosopher's Guide to 75 Thought-Provoking Movies

by William G. Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0786418788

ISBN-13: 9780786418787

Pub. Date: 05/24/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Many believe there is nothing like seeing a good movie, one that is enjoyable both in itself and for the thought processes it stimulates. From The Usual Suspects and When Harry Met Sally to Gandhi and The Color Purple, this handbook functions as a guide to watching and reflecting upon 75 great films. The author, a philosophy instructor,

Overview

Many believe there is nothing like seeing a good movie, one that is enjoyable both in itself and for the thought processes it stimulates. From The Usual Suspects and When Harry Met Sally to Gandhi and The Color Purple, this handbook functions as a guide to watching and reflecting upon 75 great films. The author, a philosophy instructor, presents a text designed to lead readers through a series of intellectual gymnastics; to help strengthen critical thinking abilities and to inspire exciting and philosophical thoughts and discussions.
“Civil Disobedience,” “Death,” “Fate and Determinism,” “War,” “Sexism and Women’s Issues,” “Gay Rights,” “The Greatest Happiness Principle,” “Anxiety and Inauthenticity” and “The Holocaust” are examples of the 18 different categories into which the films are divided. Each chapter includes the author’s introductory comments to be read prior to watching movies along with a section of “Questions to Ponder” to be considered afterward. Photographs of many movie scenes are included throughout the text.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786418787
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1. Did You Ever Think You Knew Something, but Didn’t? 5

Movie 1: Twelve Angry Men 9

Movie 2: The Return of Martin Guerre 10

Movie 3: House of Games 14

Movie 4: Rashomon 16

2. The Greatest Happiness Principle 19

Movie 5: Abandon Ship 23

Movie 6: The Field 25

3. Doing One’s Duty 27

Movie 7: High Noon 29

Movie 8: The Road Home 29

4. Anxiety and Inauthenticity 32

Movie 9: Hannah and Her Sisters 33

Movie 10: My Dinner with Andre 35

Movie 11: About Schmidt 38

5. Fate and Determinism 42

Movie 12: Tess 45

Movie 13: Sliding Doors 46

6. Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Tammy Faye and Miscellaneous Religious Issues 48

Movie 14: The Last Temptation of Christ 48

Movie 15: The Message 51

Movie 16: Little Buddha 53

Movie 17: The Apostle 55

Movie 18: Breaking the Waves 56

Movie 19: The Eyes of Tammy Faye 58

Movie 20: The Decalogue 59

7. The Journey Upward 67

Movie 21: Billy Elliot 69

Movie 22: Girlfight 70

Movie 23: The Truman Show 72

Movie 24: The Matrix 74

Movie 25: The Color Purple 78

8. Civil Disobedience 81

Movie 26: Gattaca 82

Movie 27: Gandhi 84

9. Death 87

Movie 28: Shadowlands 87

Movie 29: Under the Sand 89

Movie 30: Fearless 90

Movie 31: Whose Life Is It Anyway? 92

Movie 32: Dead Man Walking 94

Movie 33: Resurrection 96

Movie 34: The Seventh Seal 99

10. War 104

Movie 35: The Red Badge of Courage 105

Movie 36: Paths of Glory 106

Movie 37: Saving Private Ryan 108

Movie 38: Full Metal Jacket 109

Movie 39: No Man’s Land 112

11. Racism 115

Movie 40: The Birth of a Nation 116

Movie 41: Mississippi Burning 117

Movie 42: American History X 119

Movie 43: Do the Right Thing 120

Movie 44: The Long Walk Home 122

Movie 45: Imitation of Life 123

12. The Holocaust 126

Movie 46: Shoah 126

Movie 47: The Pianist 129

Movie 48: Mr. Death 130

Movie 49: Life Is Beautiful 131

13. Sexism and Women’s Issues 134

Movie 50: In the Company of Men 137

Movie 51: Thelma and Louise 138

Movie 52: Ladybird, Ladybird 140

Movie 53: If These Walls Could Talk—Part I 142

Movie 54: Real Women Have Curves 144

Movie 55: Artemisia 145

Movie 56: Whale Rider 147

Movie 57: Daughters of the Dust 148

14. Gay Rights 152

Movie 58: Chasing Amy 153

Movie 59: If These Walls Could Talk—Part II 155

Movie 60: Philadelphia 156

Movie 61: The Celluloid Closet 157

15. Pornography 161

Movie 62: The People vs. Larry Flynt 162

Movie 63: The Pornographer 164

16. Love, Love, Love 167

Movie 64: When Harry Met Sally 167

Movie 65: East-West 169

Movie 66: The Lover 171

Movie 67: The Bridges of Madison County 172

Movie 68: Sidewalks of New York 173

Movie 69: Indecent Proposal 174

Movie 70: Babette’s Feast 176

Movie 71: Pop and Me 178

17. Puzzlers 183

Movie 72: The Usual Suspects 183

Movie 73: Memento 185

Movie 74: Mulholland Drive 186

18. The Love of Movies 189

Movie 75: Cinema Paradiso 189

Notes 191

Bibliography 195

Index 199

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