Movies and the Meaning of Life
",The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions,", said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:",How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?",",Movies and the Meaning of Life", looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life), How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento), How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy), What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption), and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).
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