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Joseph Campbell - The Power of Myth [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 342 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9MVW2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of six PBS-made documentaries about myths. Scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers hold a series of conversations, discussing how the stories and legends told by human beings throughout the ages help us to better understand the universe and our place within it.

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Having had the cd collection for some years it was with some excitement that I watched the cd. As extraordinary as Joseph Campbell's voice is, with it's lyrical nuances for his subject, being able to also see his face, watch his eyes as he talked with infectious enthusiasm from his vast knowledge store - this was a treasure.

This cd/dvd ranks as one of my top 5 most important encounters in my life (I am now 66). His breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding and his uniquely human methodology of transferring this to a listener/viewer is superb.Rarely can anyone have dealt with such potentially archaic and disinteresting (for the modern world) data in such an inspiring way. Indeed, thanks to J Campbell, Myth,Fable and Folklore have been re-instated in society as (to quote him quoting Jung) 'archetypes of the subconscious'.

I challenge you not to find something of value, interest and inspiration in these amazing talks given by a natural and gifted communicator with a passion for his topic that is neither 'other-worldly' nor arrogant..
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I had the Video tape of the Power of Myth for many years,I updated it to DVD. To review this DVD is difficult,because one has to get to the living essence of the discussion between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell. I then decided to use the old Uni system, when sitting and listening to lectures by taking down notes.This technique might give you an insight into the content of the Power of Myth.I took a couple of degrees in Comparative Religion,which means a study of all religions. I am a Pantheist,at least that is the label I use.I have never used the degrees in a professional sense. I mentioned this because Campbell's speciality is Comparative Religion and Myths. He died a few months after these recordings in 1987.He is a wise Man. I wish I had a lecturer like him when I was at Uni many years ago.He delves into Hindu,Buddhist,Christian,Islamic,Japanese,American Indigenous peoples belief systems and myths.

Episode 1-The Hero's adventure.

We only have to follow the hero's long gone,and go through the Labyrinth, following the thread and where we thought we would find an abomination,we shall find a God. Where we have thought to slay another,we shall slay ourselves. Where we have thought to travel outwards,we shall come to the center of our existence.(introduction).

Stories of hero's in mythology, is beyond the normal range of Human experience and is bigger then themselves. The physical Act,a war act, is in saving others. The spiritual hero has gone on an inner adventure,and has returned. Jesus and Buddha each had three temptations which they overcame. Their followers did not understand their message.Generally,their original idea turns to ashes. The achievement of the hero, is that he is ready for the adventure and it is the one he gets.
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one of the most inspiring, wise and gentle heroes of the 20th century, Campbell is sharing his infinite knowledge with curiosity clarity and passion, simply love it!
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This was very enjoyable - not 'dry as dust' with many fascinating insights into the importance of myth. Camera-work was quite varied with some interesting shots and inclusion of other material. But best of all was to actually hear Campbell speak.
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The beauty of these interviews is the breadth of traditions brought to play. None of the literalist nonsense preached by so many religions but a deep understanding of the esoteric meanings of the stories and how they compare with our experience of life.
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This is a must-see for anyone interested in stories and how they communicate the essence of what it is to be human. Whether you're a film fan or an avid reader, whether you're interested in anthropology or the underlying unifying elements of our species, the words of Joseph Campbell will bring new and interesting insights in regards the profound symbolism contained within many stories and how this relates to how we live our lives.

This brilliant DVD shows how myths and religious stories can transcend the limitations of language by using imagery that speaks to peoples of all nations, overcoming the boundaries of misunderstanding and uniting us in a shared experience. Campbell's thoughts are enlightening and enthralling, giving rise to revelation, intrigue and further questions as to the nature of who we are and how we interact with the wider world. His respect for the natural world also makes itself apparent and there is a great deal to be learned from these interviews.

This is highly recommended viewing for anyone concerned with human nature and how we perceive ourselves, along with our place in the grand scheme of things.
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This is a wonderful series of interviews with a very profound thinker in mythologist Joseph Campbell.
He is a very engaging and affable interviewee without being overly academic. The series provides a
great insight into how myths, no matter how ancient, mould and inform our attitudes and rituals today.
Joseph Campbell's mantra is 'Follow your bliss' - a kind of 'seize your inner destiny' philosophy. Pursue it,
he advises and you will gravitate towards contentment. A very life-affirming and humane perspective.
I couldn't recommend this sage's pearls of wisdom more highly!
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