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Joseph Campbell on Power of Myth With Bill Moyers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Joseph Campbell , George Lucas    DVD
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  • Actors: Joseph Campbell, George Lucas, Bill Moyers
  • Producers: Alvin H. Perlmutter, Joan Konner
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless wisdom from a true master! 11 Nov 2006
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If you're on the spiritual path you can do no better than immerse yourself in the work and wisdom of Joseph Campbell. And this six hour series of interviews recorded shortly before Campbell's death in 1987 is a wonderful culmination and convergence of all his wit and insight, a perfect farewell from a real knower of mystical truth. Campbell learned, over decades of scholarly research and masterful writing and tutoring in America, that mythology is actually a map to spiritual treasure - a treasure ultimately buried deep within every human being. All the world's great folklore tales of heroes, kings and princesses are basically symbolic of YOUR LIFE STORY and your potential to slay inner dragons and demons (ego forces) and win the hand of the fair maiden (the bounty of spiritual enlightenment). Furthermore, Campbell skillfully shows how common themes and virtually identicial motifs have populated the mythologies of every culture on earth throughout all history, suggesting that there really is a single universal unconsciousness at work, which tirelessly and playfully, from generation to generation, draws the individual, and the community, into sub-conscious contemplation of the spiritual quest, through the power of the mythic imagination. The latest and best example in our visual era being films and, most notably, Star Wars. Indeed, George Lucas himself pays credit to Campbell's work as being his main inspiration. Get this DVD asap and marvel at the brilliance of a man who was easily the most spiritual and enlightened scholar of his era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my perception of myself and the world 15 Jan 2004
THE POWER OF MYTH is one of my favorite programs. In this six-part series of interviews with Bill Moyer, Joseph Campbell comes across as an incredibly gentle and insightful man with an extraordinary way of demonstrating how the different cultures of the world have much in common. He notes that many themes and myths can be found in varying forms throughout the world and throughout time. (I think it is important to know that by "myth" Joseph Campbell means "sacred teaching," not "untrue belief or superstition." Myths themselves may not be true, but they demonstrate principles that are true.)
The aspect of THE POWER OF MYTH that has had the most profound impact on me is the discussion on women and nature. Bill Moyers comments that in many myths it is woman who is blamed for the difficulties in life. Campbell explains that this is because woman represents life, and life, in the Judaic and Christian view, is something that is wrong ... unless one has been baptized or circumcised. Campbell elaborates to say that the Judaic and Christian view is based on the insights into the duality of life - "good and bad," "right and wrong," "life and death," "sin and atonement" - and that when you have a culture based on insights into duality, you get a mythology that tends to be ethical. "The whole thing started with a sin," Campbell says to Moyers, referring to Eve's mistake in the Garden of Eden. Man, of course, does not enter this world of dualities, with all its potential for pain, but by woman, hence the blame often heaped on womankind.
Campbell seems to indicate that in the Western worldview life is seen as a battle against nature (with which woman is inevitably linked), and that, surprisingly, Eastern cultures do not generally hold this view. Or at least they do not believe this as strongly as we do in the West. In the East, nature is not generally seen as something that must be fought against.
I love THE POWER OF MYTH, and I love Joseph Campbell!
Andrew Parodi
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Note to people without multi-region players 3 April 2007
This excellent DVD set is actually 'region 0' which means you can play it on any player despite the item description stating region 1. You do need an NTSC capable TV of course (though most are these days).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Power of Myth DVD import 15 Mar 2011
By Nickomo
I was not aware that 'region 1' means these DVDs don't play on British machines, so they have been useless. Tried to communicate with the American company but got no response.
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5.0 out of 5 stars joseph cambell power of myth 13 July 2010
I first saw this on video 20 years ago. This charismatic man with his wealth of knowledge gives one much food for thought. I pick up something new every time I see it
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