Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on by Kimberly A. Blessing, Paul Tudico

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By Kimberly A. Blessing, Paul Tudico

"The that means of lifestyles is the main pressing of questions," acknowledged the existentiallist philosopher Albert Camus. And no much less a thinker than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it attainable to discover which means in a finite international, given my waist and blouse size?"

"Movies and the that means of Life" appears at well known and cult video clips, analyzing their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: what's truth and the way am i able to comprehend it? (The Truman convey, touch, Waking Life); How do i locate myself and my real id? (Fight membership, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do i locate that means from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); what's the leader function in lifestyles? (American good looks, existence is gorgeous, The Shawshank Redemption); and the way ought I reside my lifestyles? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority document, Groundhog Day).

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He was doing a series before I was, before Rawhide— Wanted Dead or Alive—but I didn’t know him. CLINT: PAUL: Did you know Jim Garner back in those days? He and I lived across the street from each other out here in Sherman Oaks. I knew him before he became an actor—I used to see him around town now and then—but not well. 7 CLINT: 3 In 1964, Eastwood made the first of his legendary trio of “Spaghetti Westerns” with director Sergio Leone, A Fistful of Dollars. A cowboy re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, because Leone had failed to secure the rights necessary to remake the film, a lawsuit ensued that prevented A Fistful of Dollars from being shown in the US until 1967.

Boy, I came back to big headlines in Variety: “Westerns Are Out” and “Westerns Are Finished,” they said. Some so-called expert was pronouncing them dead and gone for the next ten years or so. I picked that up—I was back here doing Rawhides—and I thought, Gee, how about that: Westerns are finished and I’ve just come back from making one? CLINT: You made three before they even showed the first one in America. PAUL: Finally it came out in Europe and it just went smash. I didn’t even know it was that film.

I knew him before he became an actor—I used to see him around town now and then—but not well. 7 CLINT: 3 In 1964, Eastwood made the first of his legendary trio of “Spaghetti Westerns” with director Sergio Leone, A Fistful of Dollars. A cowboy re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, because Leone had failed to secure the rights necessary to remake the film, a lawsuit ensued that prevented A Fistful of Dollars from being shown in the US until 1967. For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) followed, though in both instances there was a two-year lag before their US release.

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