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Cinema Symbolism by [Sullivan IV, Robert W.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4356 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Rocket Science Productions, LLC (28 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Even if you're a newcomer to subjects pertaining to estoteria/the occult, 'Cinema Symbolism' is still a worthwhile read given that the author - in his introduction especially - goes into detail explaining the roots of what and where the symbols in the movies hail from, thus arming the reader with an understanding of what's to come. From astrotheology, to numerology, to the Tarot, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, alchemy and hermetics - it's all there, explained.
He covers the length and breadth of movie genres including the James Bond, 'Matrix,' 'Omen,' and 'Star Wars' series (to cite but a few), as well as '9 & Half Weeks,' 'Black Swan,' Monty Python's 'Holy Grail,' 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory' - even the Dolly Parton flick 'Nine to Five'!
My personal fave is his analysis of the 'Back to the Future' trilogy. Too detailed to get into here, that's for sure - but very interesting.

Informative, interesting and very easy to digest.

** Matt Sergiou.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from an important emerging voice. 21 Oct. 2014
By msp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback
Robert W. Sullivan IV is establishing himself as an extraordinary writer/researcher/historian/thinker. This is the second book of his I have read and his attention to detail is remarkable, almost uncanny. If you enjoy cinema and have an interest in history, metaphysics, symbolism, or esoteric knowledge you will be thrilled with this book and it's analysis of films you have probably already seen but not understood on such deep levels. Joseph Cambell and Carl Jung have tread some of this same ground but Sullivan is their most current descendant. Robert is doing important work that is also fun. Pick it up.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “Movies are the new mythology.” 4 April 2015
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
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“Movies are the new mythology.” This is the only book of its kind. You won’t find this information anywhere else. I always check a writer's credentials first to get a sense of their level of credibility. This author is a lawyer, spent time at Oxford, is a 32nd degree Freemason, and he's brilliant!

We would all be best served by looking at the world symbolically. The author looks into movies we’ve all seen - or some that we should - and explains the symbolism they contain from a religious, mythological, astrological, numerological, Kabbalastic, Egyptian, alchemical and occult standpoint. Other lenses he looks through are the Tarot deck, Joseph Campbell, and the Jungian concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious. I love facts and knowledge - things that aren’t obvious. That’s what this book has.

Loaded with quotes and illustrations, this book breaks down too many movies to list here (the filmography is over 17 pages) including The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, the trilogies of Back to the Future, The Omen, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, and both Star Wars trilogies, in addition to looking at the James Bond characters, loads of horror movies (The Shining, Dracula, etc.), the goddess in cinema (the mother archetype and lots of sex), all the different Hermes characters, Gnosticism everywhere, some comedies and B-movies, too.

Really looking forward to the sequel, Cinema Symbolism II.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 Feb. 2015
By dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Perfect Paperback
I heard Robert Sullivan on the Higherside Chat podcast, and I was intrigued with the subject matter. So I bought the book expecting great things. Now the content of the book was ok, but I cannot overlook the grammatical errors and typos that were prevalent throughout the book. I am not exaggerating when I say that there was an error on almost every page. It was frustrating and it severely took away from my enjoyment of the book. The publisher needs to hire a new editor pronto.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommended this most recent work by Robert W Sullivan IV 3 Mar. 2015
By peter mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommended this most recent work by Robert W Sullivan IV, for both those with and interest in the esoteric as well as movie lovers curious about the deeper meanings present in classic works of cinema. Robert examines the classical archetypes that are present in some of the most beloved pieces of film since the dawn of the medium. Don't assume this is another case of "Illuminati hidden mind control" in the movies. Robert does his homework here and instead of making fantastic claims based in paranoia like so many are quick to do these days Robert examines the modern mythology that has been a by product of the film age. This book is definitely not an exercise in conspiracy theory, rather it is a scholarly examination of the deep mythological elements that have transcended the silver screen to become part of modern societies collective consciousness.

The author, an expert in mythology as well as occult and esoteric symbolism, distills this information in a clear and easy to understand fashion so that even those unfamiliar with some of the more obscure aspects of mythology can easily understand the interpretations present in this book. Walking a line somewhere in between greats like Joseph Campbell and Manly P Hall, Robert further establishes himself among the foremost authorities in this area of study.

By delving into subject matter ranging from ancient myths of solar deity and elements of gnosticism; examining timeless classics such as the Wizard of Oz and Frankenstein and modern favorites like back to the future and star wars, this book will open your eyes to ancient myths and symbols that have existed since ancient days. Whether your interest lies with mythology, classic cinema or both I think you'll find this and engaging and enlightening read. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Cinema Symbolism
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Teachings of All Films 14 July 2015
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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"Cinema Symbolism" pulls back the curtain on film history to reveal the esoteric side of new and old classics, and some of my personal favorites. Robert facilitates thought provoking questions and critical understanding of the occult influence in Hollywood by combining a handful of history, a dash of psychology, and a sprinkle of mysticism. Think of it like a Secret Teachings of All Films. This one belongs on the bookshelf of every true cinephile and hermetic enthusiast.
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