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The logo is the WV Cultural Center with King Kong on the front - an
actual event in June 1982 when I programmed the film as part of the 50th
anniversary of the State Capitol...I created the name and logo. Collage
by Mike Keller.

Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others

Story Posted by Blake <http://www.eblake.com/> on Thursday June 05 2003,
@ 08:52PM -- Read 2 Times.
from the Zoopraxographers- dept.

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine
<http://www.civicmediacenter.org/counterpoise/>. First in our "Media
Librarianship in the 21 Century" series.

During the last century, "thinking about thinking" has become a major
influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly
philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy
Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using
world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject.

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Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others

Story Posted by Blake <http://www.eblake.com/> on Thursday June 05 2003,
@ 08:52PM -- Read 3 Times.
from the Zoopraxographers- dept.

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine
<http://www.civicmediacenter.org/counterpoise/>. First in our "Media
Librarianship in the 21 Century" series.

During the last century, "thinking about thinking" has become a major
influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly
philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy
Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using
world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject.

"Subject" is the correct term for both this film, and this philosopher.
His school of philosophy has been called "deconstruction." The basic
idea is that one can never create a false sense of "objectivity" when
one talks about the world, as people do in philosophy or art. We are
always "the subject." This film uses Derrida's own method of
deconstruction on his own life, recalling events from his childhood,
recent life, daily life. It was exhilarating to see that the man was
truly consistent - his unkempt look at some times, his own rejection of
questions, showed a man who truly lives what he preaches.

There are several other worthwhile films about philosophers and
philosophy but not many. The best survey of philosophy in the West on
film is Landmark Films one hour , "The First World," hosted by Richard
Rorty. It was released in 1991 but remains the best tour from the
pre-socratics to contemporary philosophy. Derek Jarman, a deceased
English filmmaker, has made a very interesting feature film about
Wittgenstein by the same title. The Films for the Humanities and
Sciences has three series, two by the BBC - "Modern Philosophy" and
"Great Philosophers" as well as a short series on Nietzsche, Heidegger,
and Sartre -"Human, All to Human." I have watched several of the "Modern
Philosophy" tapes - one on philosophy of science and another on logical
Positivism. Both are very interesting since they interview philosophers
who were active in the movements discussed. Landmark also has a very
good film on Spinoza - I wish that they would have acquired the other
films made in England also about philosophers, but they decided there
was no market in this country. "The First World" was chosen as the "best
educational film of the year" but still had poor sales.

First Run/Icarus also has a film about Derrida and some other very
interesting films in philosophy. Their documentary is called "Derrida's
Elsewhere." They also have a great film, "A Thousand Gilles"[ Gilles
Deleuze] on French philosopher Gilles Deleuze plus several that deal
with science like "Killing Time" about theoretical physicist Julian
Barbour and "Scientists at the Rim of Reality." "Walden" (1981) is a
fine 10 minute tour of Walden Pond during the fall. Their animated film,
"Marx for Beginners" is one of the funniest film on either Karl Marx or
philosophy. Bullfrog Films has many very good films about contemporary
philosophical issues like ecology, globalization, and human rights.
Their film on "deep ecologist" Arne Naess in "Crossing the Stones" and
their series about globalization, "Life," gives an extensive look at the
most important economic process of our age. "In Defense of Animals" is a
portrait of a very influential philosopher, Peter Singer, who has made
the news since he came to the US from his native Australia. Bullfrog's
most famous recent film, "Affluenza" should be shown to all students
when discussing economics. John Hoskyns-Abrahall, the president of the
company, was an Oxford philosophy student before he came to the US and
founded this company. He has always been very concerned about the link
between ideas and the environment. Finally, Direct Cinema has a landmark
series on women that anyone studying feminism and related issues should
watch, "Women and Spirituality Series." They also distribute the
Oscar-winning film about Libertarian thinker Karl Hess - "Karl Hess:
Toward Liberty."

Facets Multimedia has more than 200 feature and documentary films
involving philosophy, ranging from various seris like "Western
Philosophy" to various feature films that involve people who apply their
own philosophies of life ( like the recent "Chocolat"). They distribute
Jarman's "Wittgenstein" and various books about philosophy as shown in
the cinema ("Philosophy Goes to the Movies.)

"Derrida" was shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival along with a very
nice short, "2+2" about John Nash of "A Beautiful Mind" fame. Bonita
Rapham has created a small masterpiece, explaining Nash as well as one
could. If you could see "Derrida" first, and then watch "2+2", you may
understand Nash much better. You might indeed understand everyone,
including yourself, much better because you could use deconstruction to
see how no one is a simple "subject." That is the genius of this film,
and the man himself. Derek Jarman did a wonderful job using Caravaggio's
own techniques to create his film on the subject. It is very difficult
to do this, but "Derrida" has done it without making the film too painful.

Something has to be said about the intoxicating music used in the film.
The original score by Oscar winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Last
Emperor, Gohatto, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) is very well suited to
the ideas of Derrida and the film itself. It can stand by itself as an
exquisite work of art.

Several years ago there was a great documentary about R. Crumb that
became a hit at the box office - for a documentary. This film deserves
to do likewise. Unfortunately Derrida doesn't jump on people's backs,
and luckily his brother does not die during the shooting of the film. I
hope that everyone reading this review will tell people to see the film,
and perhaps a miracle will take place - it will become another box
office hit, showing that despite Prez W, Americans are still asking
questions. Tell your local art house about the film, send them
Zeitgeist's website, and eventually buy the DVD and video for your own
collection. Derrida speaks a lot of English in the film so the
sub-titles are minimal.

Be sure to log on to the Zeitgeist Films website for the film, and the
film's official website too. Very clear explanations are posted as well
as beautiful graphics.

Zeitgeist Films website

http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/current/derrida/derrida.html

Derrida - the film website

http://www.derridathemovie.com/home.html

Films for the Humanities & Sciences - 68 philosophy films

http://www.films.com/Films_Home/Products2.cfm?s=1&category_id=449&description=PHILOSOPHY%20%26%20ETHICS&Type=0

First Run/Icarus Films

http://www.frif.com/subjects/philosop.html

Facets Multimedia

http://www.facets.org/

Bullfrog Films

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/subjects/philosophy.html

Direct Cinema

http://www.directcinema.com/dcl/cat.php?cat_id=260

2+2

http://2plus2film.net/

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The logo is the WV Cultural Center with King Kong on the front - an actual event in June 1982 when I programmed the film as part of the 50th anniversary of the State Capitol...I created the name and logo. Collage by Mike Keller.

Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others
Story Posted by Blake on Thursday June 05 2003, @ 08:52PM -- Read 2 Times.
from the Zoopraxographers- dept.

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine. First in our "Media Librarianship in the 21 Century" series.

During the last century, "thinking about thinking" has become a major influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject.  

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Story Posted by Blake on Thursday June 05 2003, @ 08:52PM -- Read 3 Times.
from the Zoopraxographers- dept.

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine. First in our "Media Librarianship in the 21 Century" series.

During the last century, "thinking about thinking" has become a major influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject.

"Subject" is the correct term for both this film, and this philosopher. His school of philosophy has been called "deconstruction." The basic idea is that one can never create a false sense of "objectivity" when one talks about the world, as people do in philosophy or art. We are always "the subject." This film uses Derrida's own method of deconstruction on his own life, recalling events from his childhood, recent life, daily life. It was exhilarating to see that the man was truly consistent - his unkempt look at some times, his own rejection of questions, showed a man who truly lives what he preaches.

There are several other worthwhile films about philosophers and philosophy but not many. The best survey of philosophy in the West on film is Landmark Films one hour , "The First World," hosted by Richard Rorty. It was released in 1991 but remains the best tour from the pre-socratics to contemporary philosophy. Derek Jarman, a deceased English filmmaker, has made a very interesting feature film about Wittgenstein by the same title. The Films for the Humanities and Sciences has three series, two by the BBC - "Modern Philosophy" and "Great Philosophers" as well as a short series on Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre -"Human, All to Human." I have watched several of the "Modern Philosophy" tapes - one on philosophy of science and another on logical Positivism. Both are very interesting since they interview philosophers who were active in the movements discussed. Landmark also has a very good film on Spinoza - I wish that they would have acquired the other films made in England also about philosophers, but they decided there was no market in this country. "The First World" was chosen as the "best educational film of the year" but still had poor sales.

First Run/Icarus also has a film about Derrida and some other very interesting films in philosophy. Their documentary is called "Derrida's Elsewhere." They also have a great film, "A Thousand Gilles"[ Gilles Deleuze] on French philosopher Gilles Deleuze plus several that deal with science like "Killing Time" about theoretical physicist Julian Barbour and "Scientists at the Rim of Reality." "Walden" (1981) is a fine 10 minute tour of Walden Pond during the fall. Their animated film, “Marx for Beginners” is one of the funniest film on either Karl Marx or philosophy. Bullfrog Films has many very good films about contemporary philosophical issues like ecology, globalization, and human rights. Their film on "deep ecologist" Arne Naess in "Crossing the Stones" and their series about globalization, "Life," gives an extensive look at the most important economic process of our age. "In Defense of Animals" is a portrait of a very influential philosopher, Peter Singer, who has made the news since he came to the US from his native Australia. Bullfrog's most famous recent film, "Affluenza" should be shown to all students when discussing economics. John Hoskyns-Abrahall, the president of the company, was an Oxford philosophy student before he came to the US and founded this company. He has always been very concerned about the link between ideas and the environment. Finally, Direct Cinema has a landmark series on women that anyone studying feminism and related issues should watch, "Women and Spirituality Series." They also distribute the Oscar-winning film about Libertarian thinker Karl Hess – “Karl Hess: Toward Liberty.”

Facets Multimedia has more than 200 feature and documentary films involving philosophy, ranging from various seris like “Western Philosophy” to various feature films that involve people who apply their own philosophies of life ( like the recent “Chocolat”). They distribute Jarman’s “Wittgenstein” and various books about philosophy as shown in the cinema (“Philosophy Goes to the Movies.)

"Derrida" was shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival along with a very nice short, "2+2" about John Nash of "A Beautiful Mind" fame. Bonita Rapham has created a small masterpiece, explaining Nash as well as one could. If you could see "Derrida" first, and then watch "2+2", you may understand Nash much better. You might indeed understand everyone, including yourself, much better because you could use deconstruction to see how no one is a simple "subject." That is the genius of this film, and the man himself. Derek Jarman did a wonderful job using Caravaggio's own techniques to create his film on the subject. It is very difficult to do this, but "Derrida" has done it without making the film too painful.

Something has to be said about the intoxicating music used in the film. The original score by Oscar winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Last Emperor, Gohatto, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) is very well suited to the ideas of Derrida and the film itself. It can stand by itself as an exquisite work of art.

Several years ago there was a great documentary about R. Crumb that became a hit at the box office - for a documentary. This film deserves to do likewise. Unfortunately Derrida doesn't jump on people's backs, and luckily his brother does not die during the shooting of the film. I hope that everyone reading this review will tell people to see the film, and perhaps a miracle will take place - it will become another box office hit, showing that despite Prez W, Americans are still asking questions. Tell your local art house about the film, send them Zeitgeist's website, and eventually buy the DVD and video for your own collection. Derrida speaks a lot of English in the film so the sub-titles are minimal.

Be sure to log on to the Zeitgeist Films website for the film, and the film's official website too. Very clear explanations are posted as well as beautiful graphics.

Zeitgeist Films website

http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/current/derrida/derrida.html

Derrida - the film website

http://www.derridathemovie.com/home.html

Films for the Humanities & Sciences - 68 philosophy films

http://www.films.com/Films_Home/Products2.cfm?s=1&category_id=449&description=PHILOSOPHY%20%26%20ETHICS&Type=0

First Run/Icarus Films

http://www.frif.com/subjects/philosop.html

Facets Multimedia

http://www.facets.org/

Bullfrog Films

http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/subjects/philosophy.html

Direct Cinema

http://www.directcinema.com/dcl/cat.php?cat_id=260

2+2

http://2plus2film.net/



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