The philosophy is hidden behind the movies
This week Yout Time Magazine has prepared for you the list of five philosophical movies that you must see. Discover with us what is behind the curtains, and how is the secret world of meaning hidden behind the camera. Philosophy can be an integral part of one movie, and usually, it is all the time, the question is can we see it, and if the answer is yes, how should we interpret it.
A revolutionary animation movie about a man who struggles to distinguish dreams from reality. Meeting many people who discuss with him life as seen from many angles – scientific, religious, philosophic, or artistic – he wonders if the esence of them all is the same.
The Sunset Limited
Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones in a two man debate match covering faith and atheism, life and nihilism, redemption and suicide. All taking place in a New York apartment, both portraying humor and pathos, and each trying to persuade the other one about his beliefs.
From a different pen comes the film The Meaning of Life by Monty Python. The segmented format of the movie is divided into a series of seven chapters, covering the important stages of human life:
The Miracle of Birth,
Growth and Learning,
Fighting Each Other, Middle Age,
Live Organ Transplants,
The Autumn Years,
The movie’s slogan was: “It took God six days to create the Heavens and the Earth, and Monty Python just 90 minutes to screw it up”, and I think that says more than enough to give you something to look forward to.
Unless you don’t choose, everything is possible. Which one of these three lives was the real one? Nemo, in 2092, is the last mortal in the immortal world. He claims that all children before being born can see their future, memories of which will be erased at the moment of nativity.
Not with Nemo. He remembers different lives depending on his life decisions.
Hannah Arendt – a political philosopher of German-Jewish origin who, in 1961, wrote a series of articles for the New Yorker about Adolf Eichmann’s genocide trial in Jerusalem. Expecting to meet a monster – a distillation of evil – she instead met an absolutely average man – a nobody.
Shocked with this, she studied his case more deeply and eventually wrote a book titled A Report on the Banality of Evil. In her book – which brought her incomprehension from some and praise and recognition from others – she described a complete absence of rational thought process in a person who did not have actual evil motives.
But whose actions were monstrous – a person who was so loyal to his commanders and their orders, that he could have done the exact opposite under different circumstances.