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Session 2

Session 2

This video was recorded at MIT 24.209 Philosophy In Film and Other Media - Spring 2004. Review of previous session. How does one apply philosophical analysis of any sort to a work of art such as a movie? What is the meaning of the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden? How is this philosophically important? There is an overlap between science, technology, and art. Mathematics can be thought of as a theoretical art. Fundamental question of Reality Transformed: Formalists vs. Realists Three Philosophical Filmmakers - all 3 filmmakers are both formalists and realists in their own ways. Are films the modern medium of choice for myth-making and disseminating philosophy? Hitchcock emphasizes "reality effect" - emphasis on formalism, but striving to bring out realism. Similar to realism portrayed in "The Green Mile." Assigning biblical characters to "The Lady Eve." Which characters are Adam and Eve? Who is the snake? The myth of the whore/virgin - can the two be harmonized in "The Lady Eve"? Jean journeys from one to the other throughout the movie.

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