CRWG4225 Film and Philosophy (3 units)
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Film and philosophy are the dual terrains that have extensively and intricately crisscrossed. From the sci-fi extravaganza The Matrix to the avant-garde Tree of Life, films from both commercial and art-house circuits possess the capacity of being read seriously. This module explores a multitude of philosophical ideas and issues that are illustrated, allegorized, and contended in cinema. The key issues examined in the lectures lie in three areas: epistemology and metaphysics, the human conditions, and ethnics and values. The module encompasses a range of films of various genres (science fiction, comedy, historical drama, noir, docu-fiction), geographies (Hollywood, Europe, Asia), and auteurs (Speilberg, Kurosawa, Kiarostami, Antonioni, von Trier). By examining the “philosophical” film texts, the module demonstrates the mutual illumination of film and philosophy - how films can enlighten philosophical dialogue and how philosophy can inspire filmmakers.
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