Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth


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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

This DVD set compiles all six parts of the landmark Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth series that appeared on PBS in 1991. In the series, Campbell undertook the massive task of conveying the story of human imagination throughout time. His focus was on the power of myth, namely the stories and legends passed down through the ages that attempt to explain the universe and humankind's place within it. Hosted by Bill Moyers, the program received critical acclaim and is reproduced in full in this set from Mystic Fire. The six segments include Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: The Hero's Journey, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: The Message of the Myth, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: The First Storytellers, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: Sacrifice and Bliss, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: Love and the Goddess, and Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth: Masks of Eternity. DVD extras include an interview with George Lucas on mythology, art galleries, chapter indexes, biographies, bibliographies, videography, web links, selections from Sukhavati: Place of Bliss -- A Mythic Journey with Joseph Campbell and closed-captioning.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
UPC: 0715098764627
Rating: NR
Source: Mystic Fire Video
Sound: [Closed-captioned]
Time: 6:00:00

Special Features

An interview with George Lucas about Mythology; Power of Myth art gallery, videographies

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
0. The Hero's Adventure
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction [2:08]
2. The Hero with a Thousand Faces [1:54]
3. Initiation Ritual [2:04]
4. Celtic Myths [1:07]
5. Vietnam War [:52]
6. Prometheus - The Fire Theft [:57]
7. Monster Slaying [:30]
8. Moses - Buddha - Christ [2:36]
9. Mohammad [1:38]
10. Transformation of Consciousness [:31]
11. Campbell's Childhood Heroes [19:17]
12. Mythology of the Dragon [1:02]
13. Carl Gustav Jung [2:34]
14. The Soul's High Adventure [1:34]
15. A Quiet Place in Yourself [2:28]
16. What is Consciousness? [4:23]
17. Chartres Cathedral [4:30]
18. A Mythology of the Planet [4:08]
0. The Message of the Myth
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction
2. Why Myth?
3. An Experience of Being Alive
4. About God
5. Shiva Cave at Elephanta
6. The Garden of Paradise
7. Creation Myths
8. The Divine Presence
9. The One Forbidden Thing
10. Burmese Snake Priestess
11. Woman the Temptress
12. Eternity
13. The Boddhisattva
14. James Joyce
15. Samurai Story
16. Metaphor
17. The Thomas Gospel & Buddhism
18. The Upanishads
19. Vices & Virtues
20. Star Wars
21. Eisenhower & Computer
22. Functions of Myth
23. A Story of Indra
24. Sat Chit Ananda
0. The First Storytellers
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction
2. What Our Souls Owe to Ancient Myth
3. Myths That Have Helped Campbell in His Life
4. Early Mythological Thinking
5. Pre-historic Gravesites
6. The Hunters
7. The Bear Sacrifice of the Ainu
8. The Pacific Northwest
9. The Story of the Buffalo's Wife
10. The Slaughter of the Buffalo
11. The Caves of Lascaux
12. Chartres Cathedral
13. The Initiation of Boys into the Hunt
15. The Pygmies Initiation Rites
16. Female Rites
17. A Society Without a Mythology
18. Transforming Myths
19. Artists & Writers Keep the Myth Alive
20. The Shamans
21. Bushmen in Trance
22. Black Elk Speaks
Side #2 -- Disc Two
0. Sacrifice and Bliss
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction [1:41]
2. A Sacred Place [2:03]
3. The Bushmen - Hunters & Gatherers [3:41]
4. From Hunting to Planting [2:17]
5. An Algonquin Story [1:22]
6. A Polynesian Story [2:47]
7. New Guinea Ritual [2:14]
8. The Sacrifice of the Mass [1:15]
9. The Two Trees in the Garden [2:43]
10. The Sacrificial Ballgame of the Mayan [:59]
11. The Iroquis Sacrifice [1:22]
12. The Jesus Dance [:48]
13. The Lord of Death Is the Lord of Sex [:39]
14. The Head Hunt of Indonesia [:52]
15. Schopenhauer - The Sacrifice of Oneself for the Other [5:23]
16. The Sacrifice of Motherhood [:42]
17. Marriage - Sacrifice to the Relationship [2:52]
18. About Death [1:33]
19. The Message of the Myth [:44]
20. Sir Gawain & the Green Knight [5:05]
21. Nietzsche - The Three [2:33]
22. Transformations of the Spirit [2:11]
23. To Follow Your Bliss [:47]
24. The Wheel of Fortune [6:47]
25. Sat Chit Ananda
0. Love and the Goddess
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction [1:19]
2. The Troubadours [:55]
3. Love as Eros [1:08]
4. Agape - Christian Love [1:08]
5. Traditional Marriage [:53]
6. Tristan and Isode [3:16]
7. Libido Over Credo [2:22]
8. The Holy Grail [4:18]
9. God Is Love [:30]
10. Satan's Fall [2:27]
11. Love Your Enemies [1:03]
12. Tibet [2:53]
13. Abelard [1:57]
14. The Goddess [1:11]
15. The Mother Goddess [4:07]
16. A Vedic Story [1:39]
17. Our Mother [1:15]
18. Warrior Gods [2:17]
19. The Virgin Mother [1:13]
20. Kundalini [4:33]
21. Isis and Osiris [5:12]
22. Madonna and Child [2:11]
23. Male and Female - Yin and Yang [3:51]
24. The Inner Reaches of Outer Space [3:21]
0. Masks of Eternity
0. Scene Selections
1. Bill Moyers Introduction [1:52]
2. Participation in Divinity [2:49]
3. The Experience of Being Alive [1:58]
4. In the East the Gods Are Elemental [1:17]
5. About Jesus [3:09]
6. Do You Believe in a Personal God? [1:40]
7. What Is Religion? [:32]
8. Jung - The Circle [4:49]
9. The Pollen Path of the Navajo [1:20]
10. Tibetan Sand Mandala [1:12]
11. Archetypes of the Unconscious [1:12]
12. Elementary Ideas [2:15]
13. The Trickster [2:24]
14. The Image of God Is Your Basic Obstruction [2:37]
15. Maslow - Peak Experience [2:02]
16. Joyce - Epiphanies [1:49]
17. The Sublime [3:08]
18. The Buddhas - Peaceful and Wrathful [:54]
19. The Experience of the Eternal [3:50]
20. Schopenhauer - The Compound Order of Life [2:35]
21. Follow Your Bliss [1:37]
22. Shiva - Lord of the Dance [2:08]
23. Metaphors [:59]
24. Aum [5:16]

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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Campbell was a unique and gifted man. He has contributed many useful and insightful teachings to our culture. Although his work can be dry and highly dense to the initiate, as I once was, in time, with repeated viewing I was given the opportunity to grow, learn, and understand the world as it is, with its beauties as well as its horrors, so as to more thoroughly engage in the human experience. It takes time to become the person we all wish we could be. And, for me at least, this series has helped me realize things about myself that I would not otherwise have learned and been exposed to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Campbell has inspired a burning zeal for knowledge in my life! VIVA JOSEPH CAMPBELL!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 6 Part Series made for PBS has changed my life forever. The knowledge that Joseph Campbell brings to this discussion is immeasurable. His pure passion, pleasure, and readiness to recapitulate his love for and then to willfully share his knowledge of the subjects in question …is over the top!!! Mr. Campbell brilliantly manifest’s an answer or at least ponders a possible theory for each and every question Bill Moyers decisively bombards him about. All I could do was watch and learn. The pleasurable part was that nothing was implied… it was discussed. Amazing!!! Bravo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember years ago friends and I getting together to watch Bill Moyers interview this genius of a man. His interpretations of why Mythologies exist in our lives changed my life forever! Anyone who is a thinker and has questions about this thing called life! should definetly view these videos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD set has been one of the smartest purchases I have ever made, in fact, I have now given away both my gift copy and my personal one so I have to order a few more. The wealth of Joseph Campbell's knowledge, compassion and zeal for life is so motivational and inspiring. I was fortunate enough to meet him in my early 20's so this audio visual presentation of his theories and philosophies is very dear to my heart. The idea of myth being an integral part of our daily lives and a link for all humanity gives me great comfort in this crazy world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Campbell was revolutionary once and still today, can open a new consciousness for many. He discovered and followed his ''bliss'' and in so doing, gave others the tools and desire to search for their own meanings in myths and a challenge to create new myths that can speak to us today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a favorite song, you'll watch it over and over, gleaning something from it you hadn't found before. Each 'epiphany' will reveal new ways to understand everything you thought you new about religion and your spiritual existance. We live in a world much larger than what's been revealed to us through our own 'myths' and 'rituals'. This goes in depth in how to understand and assimilate that fact.
okuma More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in they came to be, their purpose and how they are of use and influence in the modern world.. He makes the connections of the past with today in an understandable way... I love his material and his presentations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this amazing interview when it first aired and am still held in awe by its scope. A dynamic and captivating interview that speaks volumes. THE definitive guide to myth intellegently discussed in an easy-to-grasp form. A must-see for anyone who has ever looked at the stars and looked at themselves and wondered about our place on this world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joseph Campbell was one of the giants in the field of mythology, amassing a formidable amount of facts from all over the world. The enthusiasm with which he addresses every facet of this, his lifelong work is compelling...a joy to behold. A master of storytelling, Campbell brings life to the myths, while quietly making sure that the moral to the story is not lost. Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Pagan...are all addressed in this impactful series, the underlying themes and threads that connect us all are held up to the light, so that seeing, we may begin to understand not only ourselves, not only others...but the very essence of what life is about. These lessons ought to be in the hands of every child...and every adult.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more of a documentary that would be interesting and entertaining. This was deffinetly not what I was expecting.