Socrates and Subtitles: A Philosopher's Guide to 95 Thought-Provoking Movies from Around the World

Socrates and Subtitles: A Philosopher's Guide to 95 Thought-Provoking Movies from Around the World

by William G. Smith

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Overview

A sequel to the author’s earlier work Plato and Popcorn: A Philosopher’s Guide to 75 Thought-Provoking Movies, this book presents analyses of 95 movies from the Americas and 20 other countries. Each entry includes a brief introduction to the film along with a list of philosophical questions to ponder after viewing it. Most entries also include a list of additional recommended films.
The films cover a wide range of genres and topics—from the haunting tale of doomed Polish freedom fighters in Kanal’s World War II Warsaw to the romantic and passionate story of rekindled love in Australia’s Innocence.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786443802
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Performing Arts/Film
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William G. Smith is chair of the philosophy department at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction: How to View, Enjoy, and Critically Appraise Movies 3



United States

Movie 1: Modern Times 11

Movie 2: Now, Voyager 15

Movies 3 and 4: Before Sunrise and Before Sunset 17

Movie 5: You Can Count on Me 25

Movie 6: Kinsey. 27

Movie 7: The Visitor 30



Latin America

Movie 8: Canoa. 32

Movie 9: The Official Story 34

Movie 10: Amores Perros 36

Movie 11: City of God 38

Movie 12: The Motorcycle Diaries 38



Great Britain and Ireland

Movie 13: The Up Series 41

Movie 14: 2001: A Space Odyssey 44

Movie 15: A Clockwork Orange 47

Movie 16: Waking Ned Devine 49

Movie 17: The End of the Affair 50

Movie 18: The Reader 54



Spain

Movie 19: The Spirit of the Beehive 56

Movie 20: El Bola 57

Movie 21: The Sea Inside 58



France

Movies 22 and 23: Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring 61

Movie 24: The Widow of St. Pierre 63

Movie 25: A Very Long Engagement 65

Movie 26: 13 Tzameti 68

Movie 27: March of the Penguins 71

Movie 28: I’ve Loved You So Long 80



Scandinavia

Movies 29 and 30: Scenes from a Marriage and Saraband 82

Movie 31: My Life as a Dog 85

Movie 32: Hamsun 87

Movie 33: Elling 88

Movie 34: Lilya 4-Ever 90

Movie 35: After the Wedding 91



Germany

Movie 36: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 93

Movie 37: Run Lola Run. 94

Movie 38: Downfall 96

Movie 39: Caché 98



Eastern Europe

Movies 40, 41 and 42: The War Trilogy (A Generation, Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds) 102

Movie 43: The Cranes Are Flying 106

Movie 44: The Sacrifice. 108

Movies 45, 46 and 47: The Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red) 112

Movie 48: The Ascent 119

Movie 49: Autumn Spring. 121

Movie 50: The Death of Mr. Lazerescu 122

Movie 51: Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams 123

Movie 52: The Island 125

Movie 53: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 128

Movie 54: 12 131



Italy

Movie 55: The Tree of the Wooden Clogs 134

Movie 56: A Pure Formality 136

Movie 57: The Best of Youth 138

Movie 58: Elsa and Fred 139



Africa

Movie 59: The Gods Must Be Crazy 142

Movie 60: Moolaade 143

Movie 61: Tsotsi 145



Israel

Movie 62: Walk on Water 149

Movie 63: Ushpizen 150

Movie 64: Waltz with Bashir 153



Iran

Movie 65: Children of Heaven 155

Movie 66: Two Women 156



India

Movies 67, 68 and 69: The Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu) 158

Movie 70: Water 165

Movie 71: Slumdog Millionaire. 167



China, Hong Kong and Nepal

Movie 72: Himalaya 171

Movies 73 and 74: In the Mood for Love and 2046 173


Movie 75: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring 175

Movie 76: 3 Iron. 177

Movie 77: Tuya’s Marriage 179

Movie 78: Lust, Caution 181



Japan

Movie 79: Ugetsu 183

Movie 80: Rhapsody in August 184

Movie 81: After Life 187

Movie 82: Kikujiro 190

Movie 83: Nobody Knows 191



Australia and New Zealand

Movie 84: Innocence 194

Movie 85: Rabbit-Proof Fence 196

Movie 86: Look Both Ways 198

Movie 87: The World’s Fastest Indian 201



Canada

Movie 88: Black Robe 204

Movie 89: The Five Senses. 206

Movie 90: The Fast Runner. 211



Back to the United States

Movie 91: Double Indemnity 213

Movie 92: Oleanna 214

Movie 93: The Woodsman. 217

Movie 94: Doubt. 218

Movie 95: Up 220



Notes 223

Bibliography 227

Index 231

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