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Power of Myth, The

Synopsis
During the last two years of Joseph Campbell’s life journalist Bill Moyers interviewed him at filmmaker George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in California and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. It was the museum and its American Indian exhibits that first inspired his lifelong study of history, art, philosophy and religion. In these interviews he discusses God, art, eternity, and the relevance of mythology to modern life.
1: Campbell explores how the hero’s journey is possible even in everyday life today, and challenges everyone to see the presence of the heroic journey in his or her own life.
2: Campbell compares the creation story in Genesis with creation stories from around the world. He explains why the snake was blamed for the fall, how computers are related to mythology and why myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of human life.
3: Campbell discusses the importance of accepting death as rebirth in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, the rite of passage in primitive societies and the role of mystical shamans and the decline of ritual in today’s society.
4: Campbell discusses the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolises the necessity for rebirth.
5: Campbell talks about romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of woman - as goddess, virgin, and Mother Earth.
6: Campbell provides insights into the concepts of God, religion and eternity, as revealed in Christian teachings and the beliefs of Buddhists, Navajo Indians, Schopenhauer, Jung and others.


DVD extras include: Interview with George Lucas; Biographies & bibliographies; Art gallery; Trailer; Weblink.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of production
1988
Notes
First released on video and DVD in the UK in 2001.
Subjects
Philosophy; Religious studies
Keywords
ceremonies; creationism; mythology; philosophy of science; religious belief and practice; storytelling

Credits

Director
Bill Moyers
Producer
Catherine Tatge
Contributor
Bill Moyers
Cast
Joseph Campbell 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
342 minutes
Year
2011

Sections

Title
Hero’s adventure, The
Synopsis
1: Campbell explores how the hero's journey is possible even in everyday life today, and challenges everyone to see the presence of the heroic journey in his or her own life.

Title
Message of the myth, The
Synopsis
2: Campbell compares the creation story in Genesis with creation stories from around the world. He explains why the snake was blamed for the fall, how computers are related to mythology and why myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of human life

Title
First storytellers, The
Synopsis
3: Campbell discusses the importance of accepting death as rebirth in the myth of the buffalo and the story of Christ, the rite of passage in primitive societies and the role of mystical shamans and the decline of ritual in today's society.

Title
Sacrifice and bliss
Synopsis
4: Campbell discusses the role of sacrifice in myth, which symbolises the necessity for rebirth.

Title
Love and the godess
Synopsis
5: Campbell talks about romantic love, beginning with the 12th century troubadours, and addresses questions about the image of woman - as goddess, virgin, and Mother Earth.

Title
Masks of eternity
Synopsis
6: Campbell provides insights into the concepts of God, religion and eternity, as revealed in Christian teachings and the beliefs of Buddhists, Navajo Indians, Schopenhauer, Jung and others.

Production Company

Name

PBS

Web
http://www.pbs.org External site opens in new window

Distributor

Name

Acorn Media UK

Email
customerservices@acorndvd.com
Web
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Fax
020 7627 250
Address
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Notes
Founded in 1997, Acorn specialises in distributing archival television programmes, predominantly licensed from the BBC and ITV. Sale on DVD and Blu-Ray, in Region 2 PAL format, direct and via retail outlets.

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