The Power of Myth
25th Anniversary Edition
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With new and expanded bonus features “Fascinating” —The New York Times “Compelling” —The Wall Street Journal As seen on PBS The seminal PBS series on world mythology “Dazzling and still potently relevant” —San Francisco Chronicle Joseph Campbell taught for nearly 40 years at Sarah Lawrence College; he authored and edited scores of books and inspired generations of scholars and artists. Journalist Bill Moyers distinguished himself at PBS, CBS, NBC, and Newsday; his many honors include lifetime achievement Emmy® and Peabody awards. Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, heroic figures, and pop culture. Now featuring newly recorded introductions by Bill Moyers, this series demonstrates that, despite superficial differences between cultures, all stories are humanity’s story.
- New introductions from Bill Moyers for each episode, extended conversations with Campbell from Bill Moyers Journal (105 min.), selections from Moyers’ interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas (33 min.), and more
- 12-page viewer’s guide
- Profiles of Campbell’s influences, episode photo galleries, and Bill Moyers biography
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Even Moyers occasionally appears amazed, disconcerted, and/or mystified by Campbell's answers to his elementary questions. Campbell adds many personal anecdotes in his responses, along with bits of his vast mental data base of myths. Even humor. It's obvious he could spend hours answering every question. He attempts keeping it simple enough for the average intellectual to grasp. It became one of the most popular PBS presentations of the 20th century. If you've not seen the earlier DVD release, this new 25th edition, is definitely the own to own.
Campbell bring up faith, himself claiming none, but he saw a connection among many, if not all, forms of religion through recurring versions of the myths he uncovered in his life of research. Some will question placing a myth into the context of their components of faith. But religions of all kinds are often about beliefs, and many of them are scientifically not provable. Thus, religion is a faith. Unfortunately, we can't not record what Joseph Campbell found to be true as he physically passed out of his world of myth. It appears that Moyers was not giving up on his protestant faith, but that connection sure did produce some lively discourse between the two men.
"The Power of Myth" is an educational, philosophical, intellectual documentary. Expect nothing more, and rest assured that in the end you will have much to contemplate within your own mind. His connection of myth to religion, heroes, culture, and history is similar to artistic visual motifs that seem to repeat/reoccur throughout history, all over the world, without possible contact from one culture to another. Perhaps it proves there is a God connection of some sort after all.
The Hero's Adventure
The Message of the Myth
The First Storytellers
Sacrifices and Bliss
Love and the Goddess
Masks of Eternity
This 25th Anniversary Edition includes
And over 2 hours of bonus, material from Bill Moyers' releases.
Hear George Lucas' claim that Star Wars was in part inspired by Joseph Campbell.
This DVD is not for the weak of mind, nor the weak of heart. Mr. C makes statements ( all of which are validated by recorded history, ancient documents and fossil findings) that can be very frightening on some levels for those who take comfort in their religion. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who is willing to stretch their brains beyond their own egos. As human beings, we are simultaneously mere grains in the sands of the universe but also gods of the sun and moon. Heavy duty stuff here!
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