Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

DVD - 2013
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Twenty-five years ago, renowned scholar Joseph Campbell sat down with veteran journalist Bill Moyers for a series of interviews that became one of the most enduringly popular programs ever aired on PBS. In dialogues that adroitly span millennia of history and far-flung geography, the two men discuss myths as metaphors for human experience and the path to transcendence, touching on topics as diverse as world religion, the virgin birth, and pop culture.
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, 2013.
ISBN: 9781598289060
Branch Call Number: DVD 201. 3 POW
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 344 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Joseph


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SnoIsleLib_CraigB Jun 30, 2017

In The Power of Myth, journalist Bill Moyers interviews American scholar Joseph Campbell in what is now widely considered the touchstone of comparative mythology. I watched it when it first aired in 1988 and it transformed me. It was the catalyst for my lifelong love of documentaries; it got the ball rolling, and Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary sealed the deal a few years later. It also altered my basic perception of mythology and religion in a way that remains with me to this day. If you find a good philosophical discussion to be as intriguing as a good thriller, you'll love The Power of Myth.

May 26, 2015

There are significant insights presented in these six, 1985 interviews, which are relevant and meaningful today, as they are timeless. Campbell shows, through myths and religious stories across time and cultures, that at the core we are seeking not so much to know the meaning of life but to experience being fully alive.

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