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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

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The seminal PBS series on world mythology

“Dazzling and still potently relevant” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Fascinating” —The New York Times
“Compelling” —The Wall Street Journal
“Stirring and elevating” —Los Angeles Times

These stimulating conversations between inspirational scholar Joseph Campbell and veteran journalist Bill Moyers created a national sensation when they first aired on public television. In lively, expansive dialogues, the two men discuss how myths hold the key to understanding human experience. They may vary superficially from culture to culture, but at their deepest level they all reveal the path to self-fulfillment, social integration, and ultimately, transcendence.

Join Campbell and Moyers as they touch on topics as diverse as world religions, marriage, the virgin birth, and pop culture. Filmed at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch and New York’s American Museum of Natural History, this series fires the imagination and the intellect.

 

  • Two-disc set with six episodes of approximately 57 minutes each
  • Never-before-released conversation with Campbell from 1981 Bill Moyers’ Journal (25 min.)
  • Selections from Moyers’ interview with Star Wars creator George Lucas (14 min.)
  • Viewer’s guide with profiles of artists influenced by Campbell, an essay on mythology in everyday life, Campbell biography, and animal symbolism in myths
  • Profiles of Campbell’s influences, episode photo galleries, Bill Moyers biography, and excerpts from the film Sukhavati (9 min.)

 

 

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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth is essential viewing for anyone old enough to appreciate its vital teachings. One of the greatest interviews ever recorded, this six-part, six-hour encounter between teacher- mythologist Campbell and student-journalist Bill Moyers (recorded in the two years preceding Campbell’s death in 1988) covers a galaxy of topics related to Campbell’s central themes: Mythology is humanity’s universal method of seeking the transcendental, and “follow your bliss” is the timeless formula for spiritual satisfaction. Campbell himself is the embodiment of these themes, an erudite scholar and quintessential storyteller, recalling a wide spectrum of myths from throughout history (Japanese, Native American, Egyptian, Mayan, and many more) to illustrate humankind’s eternal quest to grasp the mysteries of creation. Historical artifacts and illustrations bring these timeless stories to life.

An astute interviewer, Moyers is an acolyte in perfect harmony with Campbell-as- mentor, wording questions with penetrating perfection as their intellectual dance reaches exhilarating heights of meaning and fascination. Moyers also finds the perfect hook for a global audience, examining Campbell’s admiration of George Lucas’s Star Wars saga as a popular tapestry of ancient myths, and Lucas himself is interviewed in a DVD bonus segment (“I’m not creating a new myth,” he says, “but telling old myths in a new way”). Campbell’s seemingly endless well of knowledge reaches a simple conclusion: we need myths to survive like we need oxygen to breathe, as a life force with which to understand our existence–past, present, and future.Amazon

Whether you’re a “Star Wars” fan wanting to learn more about what influenced Lucas, you’re a creative type who wants to dig deeper into archetypal storytelling, or you’re simply curious about what makes humanity tick, you’ll satisfy your desires, and more.Filmthreat.com

I highly recommend this DVD set, which is worthy of repeated viewing. *****About.com

This set from Athena is a must have for those interested in human cultures, mythology and how we are more alike than we are different.—Monsters & Critics

The Power of Myth is a powerful and riveting experience, and it’s all the more so for its seeming simplicity. In that way, it too is like the myths Campbell loved. Joseph Campbell wasn’t preaching from that chair as he sat across from Bill Moyers. He was sharing the clues that he had gathered in his ongoing search for “the experience of life”.—Christel Loar, PopMatters

The masterly PBS series packed with wisdom, wit, and wonder is a perfect DVD set for all ages. Christian Science Monitor, “2010 Holiday Gift Guide—#1 choice”

 

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