Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Philosophy  Film  Festival

Films to stimulate thought, whether provocative dramas, or
films on the lives of philosophers and intellects, or documentaries
on abstract matters of philosophy – especially objectivist.

Film-Philosophy International Salon-Journal [est. 1996]

Philosophy & Film book edited by Cynthia A. Freeland & Thomas E. Wartenberg  
"Philosophy and Film" [1995]
Edited by Cynthia A. Freeland & Thomas E. Wartenberg

Routledge 9x6 pb [4/95] for $38.95
Philosophy Goes to the Movies  "Philosophy Goes To The Movies: An Introduction To Philosophy" [2002]
by Christopher Falzon

Routledge 9½x6¼ pb [3/2002] out of print/used
Routledge 9x6¾ hardcover [3/2002] out of print/used
Philosophy Through Film  "Philosophy Through Film" [2002]
by Mary M. Litch

Routledge 9x6 pb [6/2002] for $34.95
Routledge 10x6 hardcover [6/2002] for $100.00
Philosophy / Fiction / Film  "Philosophy Through Fiction and Film" [2003]
by Burton F. Porter

Prentice Hall 9½x5¾ pb [5/2003] for $61.20
Philosophy of Film Introductory Text & Readings book edited by Thomas E. Wartenberg & Angela Curran  "The Philosophy of Film: Introductory Text and Readings" [2005]
Edited by Thomas E. Wartenberg & Angela Curran

Kindle Edition from Wiley-Blackwell [2005 edition] for $35.96
Wiley-Blackwell 9½x6¾ pb [2/2005] for $39.85
Wiley-Blackwell 10x7 hardcover [2/2005] for $110.58
Cinema Nirvana / Enlightenment / Movies  "Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons From The Movies" [2005]
by Dean Sluyter

Three Rivers Press 8x5¼ pb [2/2005] for $11.20
Movies & the Meaning of Life  "Movies and The Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take On Hollywood"
[2005] Edited by Kimberly A. Blessing & Paul J. Tudico

Open Court 8¾x5¾ pb [4/2005] for $13.10
Cinema as Philosophy book edited by Murray Smith & Thomas Wartenberg   "Thinking Through Cinema: Film As Philosophy" [2006]
Edited by Murray Smith & Thomas E. Wartenberg

Blackwell Publng 10x7 pb [3/2006] for $46.63
Philosophy of Motion Pictures book by Noël Carroll  "The Philosophy of Motion Pictures" [2008]
by Noël Carroll

Wiley-Blackwell 9x6 pb [2008] for $30.47
Wiley-Blackwell 9½x6½ hardcover [2008] for $91.57
Film and Philosophy, Taking Movies Seriously book by Daniel C. Shaw  "Film and Philosophy: Taking Movies Seriously" [2008]
by Daniel C. Shaw

Wallflower Press 7¾x6 pb [12/2008] for $22.00
Anime and Philosophy book edited by Josef Steiff & Tristan D. Tamplin  "Anime and Philosophy" [2010]
Edited by Josef Steiff & Tristan D. Tamplin

Analyzes anime films such as "Astro Boy", "Dragon Ball Z", "Ghost In The Shell", and "Spirited Away" (and others) aand how these tales grapple with the impor-tant questions in life: lessons on morality, justice, and heroism, as well as medi-tations on identity, the soul, and the meaning – or meaninglessness – of life.
Open Court 9x6½ pb [3/2010] for $13.69
Movies & the Meaning of Life book by Wayne Omura  
"Movies and The Meaning of Life: The Most Profound Films In Cinematic History" [2011] by Wayne Omura
Bauu Institute Press 9¼x6 pb [6/2011] for $18.95
official book page
Thinking Through Film book by Damian Cox & Michael P. Levine  "Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies" [2011]
by Damian Cox & Michael P. Levine

Wiley-Blackwell 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2011] for $79.35
The Hobbit and Philosophy book edited by Gregory Bassham & Eric Bronson  "The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves,
Your Wizard, and Your Way" [2012]
Edited by Gregory Bassham & Eric Bronson

Kindle Edition from Wiley/Blackwell [9/2012] for $9.99
Wiley/Blackwell 8x6 pb [9/2012] for $12.21

Be sure also to visit the
Existentialist Film Festival Page



"A Brief History of Time"
[NBC/Anglia/Channel Four 1992]
Brief History video  Prof. Stephen W. Hawking's surprise bestseller of 1988 in visual/aural form.
Directed by Errol Morris; original music by Philip Glass
Paramount color VHS [11/93] for $19.95
DVD/Blu-ray not available
full credits from IMDb
best-seller 1988 book
Bantam 9x6 pb [9/98] for $11.96

"Animal Farm"
George Orwell's famed 1945 barnyard fable about revolution betrayed.
animated 1954 Animal Farm movie  1954 British animated feature co-written & co-directed by Joy Batchelor & John Halas (Britain's first feature-length cartoon)
Home Vision color DVD [11/2004] for $22.46
Home Vision color VHS [11/2004] for $19.95
United American Video color VHS [8/97] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
animated 1999 Animal Farm movie  1999 Hallmark/TNT animated TV movie
Directed by John Stephenson
Hallmark color DVD [1/2000] for $$17.98
Hallmark color VHS [9/2000] for $9.98
full credits from IMDb
Animal Farm book  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's  The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  1945 novel by George Orwell [1903 -50]
Listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [7/2009] for $7.92
Signet Classics mass pb [4/96] for $9.99
Plume 8x5½ pb [5/2003] for $9.99

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Animal Farm" [1945 novel] Page

"Atlas Shrugged, Part I"
[Strike Prodns/Rocky Mountain Pictures April 2011]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 1 movie  
Atlas Shrugged movie John Galt poster  
After years of on-again, off-again 'development hell', the three-part version of "Atlas Shrugged" finally began filming in June 2010, intended for TV broadcast. John Galt leads an intellectual strike to 'stop the engine of the world', while Dagny Taggart fights bureaucrats and mobs of looters to keep the Taggart Transcontinental Railroad alive. The Part I story ends with the disap-pearance of Ellis Wyatt and the burning of the oil fields. Produced by The Strike Productions & John Aglialoro; directed by Paul Johansson; script by Brian Patrick O’Toole, based on the classic 1957 novel by Ayn Rand [1905-82]; starring Taylor Schilling {as Dagny Taggart}, Grant Bowler {as Hank Reardon}, Paul Johansson {as John Galt}, Michael Lerner, Matthew Marsdan, Graham Beckel {as Ellis Wyatt} & Jsu Garcia {as Francisco D'Anconia}
Fox widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2011] for $19.99
Fox widescreen color DVD [11/2011] for $12.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
February 2011 official trailer [2:26] on YouTube

"Atlas Shrugged, Part II: The Strike"
[Strike Prodns Oct 2012]
poster for Atlas Shrugged Part 2 movie  The change of actors is bothersome, and the budget restrictions obvious (i.e. makeup & hair); storywise, the critical Taggart Tunnel is destroyed by incompetence, the government suspends all rights, Francisco delivers his money speech at James Taggart's wedding, and Part 2 ends with Dagny crash-landing her airplane in Galt's Gulch. Produced by The Strike Prodns & John Aglialoro, with film expert Duncan Scott; starring Samantha Mathis {as Dagny}, Jason Beghe {as Hank Rearden}, Esai Morales {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney {as John Galt}, Paul McCrane & John Rubinstein
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2013] for $8.17
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $12.15
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site9/2012 official trailer [2:15] on YouTube

"Atlas Shrugged, Part III: Who Is John Galt?"  
[Strike Prodns for July 2014? release]
Principal photography began in January 2014 and wrapped in February 2014; adapted & directed by James Manera; starring Rob Morrow {as Hank Rearden}, Laura Regan {as Dagny Taggart}, Eric Allan Kramer {as Ragnar Danneskjöld}, Kristoffer Polaha {as John Galt}, Joaquim de Almeida {as Francisco d'Anconia}, Peter Mackenzie, Greg Germann • latest info at IMDbofficial movie site

History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy in Kindle format by Joan Carter  
"The History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy" for Kindle [2014]
by {associate producer} Joan Carter

Kindle Edition 74-page report from Amazon Digital Services [7/2014] for $4.99

for more details on the novel and the 3-part movie, see
Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's "Atlas Shrugged" Page

"Bicentennial Man" [1492/Columbia Dec 1999]
Bicentennial Man movie starring Robin Williams  An unusual android experiences emotions like a human, and wants to become more and more human, over two centuries of time. An excellent look at what exactly it means to be 'human', to be 'mortal'.
Directed by Chris Columbus; script by Nicholas Kazan, based on books by Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg; music by James Horner; starring Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill & Oliver Platt
Touchstone widescreen DVD [1/2002] out of prodn/used
Disney color VHS [11/2000] out of prodn/used
Sony soundtrack CD by James Horner [12/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Bicentennial Man story collection by Isaac Asimov  
"The Bicentennial Man & Other Stories" [11 stories; 1976]
by Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

story won 1977 Hugo Award for Best Novelette
Orion Publng pb [3/2000] out of print/used
Orion Publng pb [3/2000] out of print/used
Doubleday 8¼x6 hardcover [9/76] out of print/50+ used

"The  Boy  With  Green  Hair"
[R.K.O. Nov 1948]
Boy With Green Hair poster  This fable about a war orphan whose hair mysteriously turns green brings many questions into focus. Directed by Joseph Losey; script by blacklisted writers Ben Barzman & Alfred Lewis Levitt, from a story by Betsy Beaton; starring Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale & Dean Stockwell
Terra Ent. color DVD [11/2003] for $12.99
Terra Ent. color VHS? [6/2003] for 18.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
playscript, adapted by F. Andrew Leslie:
Dramatist's Play Service pb [12/61] for $8.49

"The Cardinal" [Columbia Dec 1963]
Preminger's The Cardinal movie poster  While Preminger's film waters down and even cheapens the story, the hypocrisy of religious organizations (of all stripes) and their devotion to politics over the purported (religious) message is made very clear. Produced & directed by Otto Preminger; starring Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, Jill Haworth, Dorothy Gish, Raf Vallone, John Saxon, John Huston, Burgess Meredith, Josef Meinrad, Cecil Kellaway, Ossie Davis, Chill Wills & Arthur Hunnicutt; nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Director & Best Actor (JH)
Warner widescreen color DVD [2/2003] 2 disks for $23.99 (many extras)
Warner widescreen color DVD [9/2005] for $12.99
Anchor Bay color VHS [6/89] out of prodn/many used
Anchor Bay widescreen color VHS [6/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
The Cardinal DVD cover  
based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson [S&S June 1950]
Pocket mass pb [8/77] out of print/used
S&S hardcover [6/50] out of print/used

"Charly" [A.B.C. Pictures/ Cinerama Sept 1968]
Charly movie starring  Cliff Robertson  Charly, a retarded adult, is given an experimental treatment that has raised the intelligence of a retarded mouse named Algernon. Charly becomes a sensation, for his new insight and intelligance are exceptional. But then Charly notices the latter stages showing up in Algernon. {When Cliff Robertson starred in the 1961 "United States Steel Hour" production of "The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon", based on the novel "Flowers For Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, he bought the rights and later was responsible for turning that story into this film.}
Directed by Ralph Nelson; script by Stirling Silliphant, based on a story by Daniel Keyes; original music by Ravi Shankar; starring Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney & Ruth White; won Oscar for Best Actor (CR)
M.G.M. Home Video widescreen color DVD [3/2005] for $9.99
Fox Home Ent. color VHS [8/92] out of production/used
Moving Image / Comet Records soundtrack CD [undated] out of prodn/scarce
full credits from IMDb
Flowers for Algernon novel by Daniel Keyes   listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's  The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Flowers For Algernon" [1959 novella, bestseller 1966 novel]
by Daniel Keyes

the novella won a Hugo Award; the novel won a Nebula Award
Harvest Books mass pb [6/2004] for $7.99
Harvest Books 7¼x5¾ pb [5/2005] for $9.60
Harcourt 8¼x5¾ hardcover [4/95] for $11.56
"Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey" [2000]
by Daniel Keyes

Harvest Books 7x5¼ pb [9/2004] for $13.50
Challenge Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2000] out of print/used
"Charlie and Algernon" Broadway musical play [Sept 1980]
stageplay credits at IBDb

"Chocolat"  [David Brown/Miramax Dec 2000]
Chocolat movie directed by Lasse Hallström   Chocolate in its many forms may be an obvious metaphor as an antidote to repression, but what is marvelous here is how deftly (and how French-ly) the fairy tale is woven together. A forever-transient woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a river- side village in France; their happy non-conformity stirs up trouble with the rigid local mayor, who pressures the new priest to enforce the village's tradition of tranquility. Directed by Lasse Hallström; script by Robert Nelson Jacobs, based on the novel by Joanne Harris; chocolate expert Walter Bienz; starring Juliette Binoche, Victoire Thivisol, Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent Koenig, Peter Stormare, Hugh O'Conor, Johnny Depp & Leslie Caron; nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture & Best Script; 8 BAFTA noms; won SAG Award (JD)
Disney/Miramax widescreen color DVD [8/2001] for $9.99
Walt Disney Video color VHS [8/2001] out of prodn/many used
Sony soundtrack CD [1/2001] 18 tracks for $9.98
full credits at IMDbFrench-language official website

Chocolat bestseller novel by Joanne Harris  "Chocolat: A Novel" [1999 bestseller] by Joanne Harris
The happy ending in the movie did not come from the book, and the battle is between the free-spirit chocalatier and the town priest.
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [1/2000] for $10.08
Penguin movie tie-in 7¾x5 pb [11/2000] out of print/hundreds used
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/99] out of print/many used
Girl With No Shadow novel by Joanne Harris  sequel "The Girl With No Shadow" aka 'The Lollipop Shoes' [2008]
Forced to flee the village, Vianne and her two daughters change their names and hide in the Montmartre district of Paris; when the owner of the patisserie shop where Vianne (now Yanne) lives & works dies, she gradually converts it into a chocolaterie.
Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [1/2009] for $11.69
Black Swan mass pb [2/2009] out of print/used
Wm. Morrow 9x6 hardcover [4/2008] for $19.96

"Discover The Gift"  [indep. U.S. release 2010]
"Discover The Gift" independent film [2010]  Co-produced, written & directed by Demian Lichtenstein; featuring actress Stacey Alysson, Shajen Joy Aziz, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith {of Agape Fellowship}, Jack Canfield, The Dalai Lama, Dr. Barbara De Angelis, Stewart Emery, Cheryl Hunter, Demian Lichtenstein, Niurka, Sir Ken Robinson, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Joe Vitale, Marianne Williamson, many others
Harmony widescreen color DVD [6/2011] for $22.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
watch free on YouTube: screening event video [7:18]
official 2010 trailer [2:50]official 2011 trailer [2:11]
Discover The Gift book by Shajen Joy Aziz & Demian Lichtenstein  
"Discover The Gift: It's Why We're Here" [2011]
by Shajen Joy Aziz & Demian Lichtenstein

Harmony 8½x6 hardcover [6/2011] for $16.43
Random House Audio UNABR audio CD [6/2011] for $23.04

"The Dot and The Line"
[M.G.M. Dec 1965]
won Oscar for Best Animated Short    Ten-minute animated short along classic love story lines – boy meets girl, boy loses girl to another, boy expands his capabilities and wins her – except that the 'people' in question are a dot and a very straight line and a squiggle.  Directed by Chuck Jones & Maurice Noble; narration by Robert Morley; nominated for Best Short Film at Cannes, won Oscar for Best Animated Short • full credits from IMDbwatch online [10:00] at YouTube

Warner Bros. Academy Awards Animation Collection DVD  "Warner Brothers Academy Awards Animation Collections" [2008]
3-disk set of 15 Oscar-winners & 26 Oscar-nominated cartoons
Warner Brothers Home Ent. color DVD [2/2008] 3 disks for $37.99
1-disk version with the 15 winners only [2008]
Warner Brothers Home Ent. DVD [2/2008] for $16.99
Dot & Line book  "The Dot and The Line: A Romance In Lower Mathematics" [1963]
by Norton Juster

SeaStar 6.6x5½ hardcover [12/2000] for $7.95
Random House pb [1/91] out of print/used

"Dumbo" [Disney Oct 1941]
Dumbo  The 'magic' black feather that Timothy Q. Mouse and the crows give to the mute, floppy-eared Dumbo stands for every religion, belief system and dogma of Mankind. When Dumbo loses the magic feather atop the diving tower, he must take action in the face of his fears on his own, just like humans must do each moment. Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, adapted from a book by Helen Aberson & Harold Perl; voices of Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy & Verna Felton
Disney 60th Anniv. color VHS [10/2001] for $20.99
Disney 60th Anniv. (Spanish) color VHS [10/2001] for $22.99
Disney 60th Anniv. color DVD [10/2001] for $23.99
Disney Records audio CD [3/2001] for $11.98
full credits from IMDb | theme music [2min:16sec]

see also "The Tao of Dumbo" essay at Working Minds Philosophy website

"Einstein Revealed" [Nova/BBC 1996]
Einstein Revealed  Understanding Albert Einstein – Time Magazine's 'Man of the
Century' – opens us up to the possibility of genius among our
fellows.
Nova tv documentary, directed by Peter Jones
WGBH Boston 2-hour color VHS [4/97] for $19.95
full credits from IMDb
"Insignificance" [RPC/Zenith 1985]
Insignificance   Marilyn Monroe & others barge in on Albert Einstein, to
discuss relativity theory and politics and baseball.
Directed
by Nicolas Roeg, starring Michael Emil, Theresa Russell,
Gary Busey & Tony Curtis
Artisan color VHS [11/99] for $14.98
full credits from IMDb

"The Elders: A Coming of Age Film"  
documentary [SalmonRun Media 2011]
The Elders documentary by Nathaniel Hansen  
Co-produced & directed by Nathaniel Hansen
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Elegant Universe"
3-hour TV special [P.B.S./Nova aired Oct 2003]
Elegant Universe P.B.S. TV special   P.B.S./WGBH letterbox color DVD [1/2004] for $19.95
P.B.S./WGBH color VHS [1/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbP.B.S. official program site
"Physics: The Elegant Universe & Beyond": 3-hour P.B.S. program above, plus "Einstein Revealed" [1996] and "Einstein's Big Idea" [2005]
P.B.S./WGBH color DVD box set [2/2006] 4 disks for $34.99
Elegant Universe book by Brian Greene  "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions & The Quest For The Ultimate Theory" [1999]
by Brian Greene

Vintage 8x5 pb [2/2000] for $10.85
W.W. Norton 9¼x6¼ pb [2/99] out of print/used
W.W. Norton 9½x6½ hardcover [2/99] for $13.57

"The  Farewell  Party  (Mita  Tova)"
[Israel 2014, Samuel Goldwyn Films USA 2015]
poster for The farewell party  A comedy about the serious matter of euthanasia. Co-written & co-directed by Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon; starring Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen, Raffi Tavor, Ilan Dar & Shmuel Wolf; nominated for 14 Ophir Awards, won four including Best Actor
First Run Features Hebrew w/ subtitles widescreen color DVD [9/2015] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 2/2015 official trailer [English subtitles; 2:23] at YouTube

"Field  of  Dreams" [1989]
Field of Dreams  "If you build it, they will come." Co-written & directed by Phil Alden Robinson; starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan & Ray Liotta
Universal Studios Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2009] for $21.49
Universal color DVD [3/2002] for $9.49
Universal color VHS [8/99] out of prodn/many, many used
Universal widescreen VHS [8/99] out of prodn/used
B.M.G. soundtrack CD [5/89] for $8.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Forrest Gump"  [Paramount 1994]
Gump video  
Forrest Gump novel by Winston Groom  
The hilarious and profound epic story of a dim-wit nobody. Directed by Robert Zemeckis; starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright & Gary Sinise; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor (Hanks), Best Effects & Best Editing, nominated for 7 more
Paramount widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2009] 2 disks for $19.99
Paramount widescreen color DVD [8/2001] 2 disks for $8.49
Paramount color VHS [9/96] out of prodn/many, many used
Sony soundtrack CD [8/94] out of prodn/many used
Sony/Legacy soundtrack double CD [8/2001] for $14.99
full credits from IMDbtheme music [2min:47sec midi file]movie entry at Wikipedia

based on the 1988 novel by Winston Groom
Washington Square Press 8x5¼ pb [10/2002] for $10.80
Pocket mass pb [8/94] out of print/used
Pocket 8x5¾ hardcover [11/94] out of print/used
"Making of.." documentary [1994] Directed by Peyton Reed
DVD/Blu-ray not available; Paramount color VHS [4/95] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Fountainhead" [Warner Bros. 1949]
Fountainhead video  Fountainhead book  Gary Cooper stars as architect Howard Roark, Ayn Rand's
ideal individual.
Directed by King Vidor [1894-1982];
screenplay by Ayn Rand; co-starring Patricia Neal &
Raymond Massey
Warner b&w DVD [11/2006] for $17.49
Warner b&w VHS [1/90] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
based on the 1943 novel by Ayn Rand [1905-82]
Signet pb [8/96] for $8.99

"Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"
[documentary Feb 1998]
Sense of Life  Written & directed by Michael Paxton; Oscar nomination for
Best Documentary Feature
Strand Releasing Director's Vision DVD [10/99] 2 disks for $32.49
Image Ent. letterbox DVD [10/99] out of prodn/used
Strand Releasing color VHS [3/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb | official website
Gibbs Smith 11x8½ companion book [7/98] for $26.21

"Freakonomics: The Movie"
[Magnolia Pictures Oct 2010]
Freakonomics 2010 movie with 6 directors  Filmed segments cover topics of naming children, cheating & sumo wrestling, incent-ives at school, and the results of Roe v. Wade, as well as the base theory of economist Levitt & journalist Dubner that economics is, at root, the study of incentives.
Produced by Chad Troutwine, Chris Romano & Dan O'Meara; directed by Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki & Morgan Spurlock; featuring authors Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Freakonomics bestseller book by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything"
[2005 N.Y. Times bestseller] by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [8/2009] for $6.74
Ediciones B 9x6 Spanish-language pb [8/2006] for $12.21
William Morrow 9x6 hardcover [rev 10/2006] for $19.77
William Morrow Book Club 9x5¾ hardcover [4/2005] out of print/many, many used
official dual book sitebook entry at Wikipedia
SuperFreakonomics book by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  "SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance"[2009 N.Y. Times bestseller]
by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

HarperCollins 9x6 pb [10/2009] out of print/used
Penguin 9x6 pb [10/2009] out of print/used
William Morrow 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2009] for $19.49
official dual book sitebook entry at Wikipedia

"The Gods Must Be Crazy"
The Gods Must Be Crazy poster  A Kalahari bushman finds a Coke bottle dropped from the sky, but the new technological wonder disrupts his tribe, and so Xixo sets out to return the bottle to the gods. In the sequel, Xixo chases after a fast-moving truck where his children are accidental stowaways. Produced, written & directed by Jamie Uys; starring N!xao as Xixo
5 movie series entry at Wikipedia
combo DVD with both "TGMBC I" & "TGMBC II"
Columbia/TriStar widescreen DVD [2/2004] 2 disks for $20.97
"TGMBC" [1980; US release 1984]: full credits from IMDb
Sony Pictures color DVD [6/2004] out of prodn/used
Fox color VHS [9/90] out of prodn/used
"TGMBC II" [1989]: full credits from IMDb
Sony Pictures color DVD [6/2004] for $8.99
Col/TriStar color VHS [1/93] out of prodn/used

"The Grand Illusion" [France 1937]
Grand Illusion directed by Jean Renoir  Complex, profound and heartbreakingly human look at the illusions inherent in war & heroism, social class & individual character, romantic love, religion – all are trapped in illusion. Co-written & directed by Jean Renoir; starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim & Marcel Dalio; Oscar nominated for Best Picture
Criterion b&w DVD w/English subtitles [11/99] for $34.76
TimelessVideo b&w VHS w/English subtitles [8/97] for $14.99
Criterion b&w VHS w/English subtitles [11/99] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"Rules of the Game"
{aka 'La Règle du Jeu'}
[France 1939]
Rules of the Game directed by Jean Renoir  Banned in France until 1956, Renoir's second masterpiece views life as both a comedy and a tragedy, showing a frenzied hunting weekend in the country against a back-ground of Europe's pending devastation during World War II. Indescribable: What you are left with is the sense that Life makes no sense whatsoever, which conclusion makes perfect sense. Co-written & directed by & co-starring Jean Renoir; also starring Marcel Dalio, Roland Toutain & Nora Gregor
Criterion b&w DVD w/subtitles [1/2004] 2 disks for $29.96
Home Vision b&w VHS w/English subtitles [7/93] for $29.95
full credits from IMDb

"I Am" documentary [Feb 2011] /tt1741225/

"Lost Horizon" [1937]
Lost Horizon video  An idealist/adventurer is shanghaied to Shangri-La, unknown utopian land of perfect peace, love, beauty and harmony. He is asked to succeed the High Lama, near death at the age of 200 years. What would you do?
Produced & directed by Frank Capra [1897-1991]; script by Robert Riskin, based on James Hilton's novel; starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe {as The High Lama}, H.B. Warner, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo & Isabel Jewell; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best A.D., Best Supporting Actor {HBW), Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin) & Best Sound; won Oscars for Best Art Direction & Best Film Editing
Sony b&w DVD [8/99] for $24.88
Sony b&w VHS [6/97] out of prodn/used
Soundtrack Factory soundtrack CD [1/99] for $11.99
full credits from IMDb

Lost Horizon book   "Lost Horizon: The Haunting Novel of Love In Shangri-La"
[1936] by James Hilton [1900-54]

Pocket mass pb [1/88] for $6.99
Harper 8x5½ pb [6/2004] for $9.97
Amereon 8¾x6 hardcover [6/93] for $24.95
Reader's Digest hardcover [1/90] out of prodn/many used
book entry at Wikipedia; book/movie fansite

Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life"
[Universal 1983]
Monty / Meaning  
Universal color DVD [8/2005] for $12.99
Universal color VHS [1/98] out of stock/many used
full credits from IMDb

"Meeting of Minds" [P.B.S./KCET-TV 1977-1981]
won Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, 1981  12 episodes, each in two parts, in b&w & color; filmed before a live audience; imaginary dinner parties placing famous thinkers and doers in conversation with people they never met, with the dialogue mostly culled from their published works; one 2-part episode has Wm. Shakespeare discussing the topic of love with Othello, Hamlet, Romeo & Dark Lady of The Sonnets; another 2-part episode brings together Thomas Aquinas, Theodore Roosevelt, Queen Cleopatra & Thomas Paine Written & hosted by Steve Allen; starring {his wife} Jayne Meadows {as Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Florence Nightingale, Shakespeare's Dark Lady of The Sonnets, Margaret Sanger & Catherine The Great}, Roscoe Lee Browne {as Frederick Douglass}, Stefan Gierasch {as Marquis de Sade}, Katherine Helmond {as Emily Dickinson}, William Marshall {as Othello}, Alexander Scourby {as Galileo Galilei}, and Harris Yulin {as William Shakespeare & Leonardo da Vinci}; won Peabody Award, 1978; won Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series, 1981
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipediaofficial series site

2010 live performances at Working Stage Theater in West Hollywood, CA
2010 live performances at Center For Inquiry in Hollywood, CA

Meeting of Minds Complete Scripts books by Steve Allen   "Meeting of Minds: The Complete Scripts" in four volumes [1989]
by Steve Allen

Volume 1 (blue): Prometheus Books 8¼x5¼ pb [11/89] for $20.68
Volume 2 (red): Prometheus Books 9x5¾ pb [11/89] for $22.98
Volume 3 (gold): Prometheus Books 9x5¾ pb [11/89] for $22.98
Volume 4 (green): Prometheus Books 8¾x5¾ pb [8/00] for $22.98
Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds TV series on video tape  "Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds" on video tape
Volume 1: Buena Vista Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT
Volume 2: Buena Vista Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT
Volume 3: Buena Vista Home Video color VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT
Volume 4: Buena Vista Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT
Volume 5: Buena Vista Home Video color VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT
Volume 6: Buena Vista Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/SOLD OUT

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" [Fox Nov 2007]
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium movie directed by Zach Helm  Mr. Magorium is 243 years old and has decided to leave his Wonder Emporium business to the sad girl who manages the place for him; when the store finds out that Mr. Magorium is leaving, it rebels. Written & directed by Zach Helm; starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Zach Mills & Jason Bateman
Fox widescreen color DVD [3/2008] for $14.99
Fox color DVD [3/2008] for $19.49
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"1 9 8 4" [Virgin Films Oct 1984]
Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984 movie directed by Michael Radford  Winston Smith endures a squalid existence as a clerk in a bureaucracy of the totalitarian superstate of Oceania, where everyone is under the constant surveillance of the Thought Police. Written & directed by Michael Radford, based on Orwell's novel; starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher & James Walker
M.G.M. Video widescreen color DVD [3/2003] out of prodn/many used
Polygram Video color VHS [2/97] out of prodn/used
E.M.I. Import soundtrack CD [12/84] 9 tracks on 2 disks for $10.98
full credits at IMDb

Nineteen Eighty-Four novel  "Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel" [1949 classic] by George Orwell [1903-50]
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [9/2013] for $5.68
Signet/NAL mass pb [1961] for $5.98
Plume Centennial Edition 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2003] for $13.04
Plume 8x5¼ pb [4/83] for $9.04
Everyman's Library 8x5 hardcover [11/92] for $11.86
book entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" 1949 Novel & Movies Page

"Orlando" [Sony Pictures Classics 1993]
Orlando video  Ordered never to age by Queen Elizabeth I, Orlando (the stunning
Tilda Swinton) lives thru 400 years of history, intrigue and exotic
locales, and even an unexplained change of gender from male to female.

Written & directed by Sally Potter from Virginia Woolff's novel
Columbia/TriStar color VHS [7/95] for $19.95
Columbia/TriStar widescreen color DVD [8/99] for $25.16
Uni/Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [6/93] for $13.99
full credits from IMDb
Orlando book   
"Orlando: A Biography" by Virginia Woolff [1928]
A rambunctious comic masterpiece.

Harvest 8x5¼ pb [5/93] for $10.40

"Pay It Forward" [Warner Bros. Oct 2000]

"Peaceful Warrior" [LionsGate June 2006]
Peaceful Warrior poster  An intense gymnastics hopeful has his leg and his life shattered, yet the coaching of a taciturn gas station attendant-philosopher prods him into performing at the Olympics. The direction & cinematography are superb.Directed by Victor Salva; cinematography by Sharone Meir; staring Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay, Ashton Holmes, Paul Wesley & B.J. Britt
video/DVD not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
Way of The Peaceful Warrior  based on "Way of The Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives"
[1980 bestseller]" by Dan Millman

This book (and film) are included here because the philosophical concepts are correct. However, the use of magic as the frame of the story prevents those who believe in magic from hearing the Important Wisdom, and those able/ready to hear the Important Wisdom have no need for the b.s. of the magical hooferaw.
H.J. Kramer 8¼x5½ pb [4/2006] for $9.71
New World Library 20th Anniversary 8¼x5½ pb [9/2000] for $10.36
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [9/80] out of print/used
Spanish-language edition: New World Library 8½x5½ pb [6/2001] for $11.01
Wisdom of The Peaceful Warrior  
"Wisdom of The Peaceful Warrior: A Companion To The Book That Changes Lives" [2007] by Dan Millman
H.J. Kramer 8¼x5½ pb [1/2007] for $9.71

all books by Dan Millman  •  author's official website

"People v. The State of Illusion"
[Samuel Goldwyn Films Sept 2011]
People versus The State of Illusion movie  "Questions the very nature of reality, through an examination of our perceptions, beliefs, and imagination." Produced & written by Austin Vickers; directed by Scott Cervine; featuring scientists & thinkers Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Candace Pert, Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Robert Jahn, Dr. Peter Senge, Brenda Dunne, and Dr. Michael Vandermark
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • credits at IMDbofficial movie site

Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy
Godfrey Reggio's 'Qatsi Trilogy' Page at Magic Lantern
official website

"Shift Happens (Did You Know?)" [2008]
these powerful short films display factoids, statistics, and questions of worldwide significance
animation by Jeff Brenman; design by Scott McLeod & Jeff Brenman; no listings at IMDb
67-slide 2006 Power Point version
6 min 6 sec 2007 animated version {watch on YouTube}
5 min 16 sec 2008 animated version {watch on YouTube}
4 min 46 sec Sept 2009 animated version 4.0 {watch on YouTube}
5 min 19 sec Feb 2010 animated version {watch on YouTube}
2 min 35 sec Jan 2011 animated version {watch on YouTube}
Jeff Brenman's Apollo Ideas website

2 min 2 sec May 2009 animated satire {watch on YouTube}

"The Story of Mankind" [Warner Bros. Nov 1957]
The Story of Mankind movie by Irwin Allen  The frame is a trial of Mankind before the High Judge (Cedric Hardwicke), somewhere in Outer Space, with The Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) defending against prosecutor The Devil (Vincent Price); evidence vignettes are acted by 25 major Hollywood stars. Co-produced & directed by Irwin Allen; adapted by Irwin Allen & Charles Bennett from the 1922 children's book by Henrik Van Loon; featuring Jim Ameche, Francis X. Bushman, John Carradine, Charles Coburn, Helmut Dantine, Reginald Gardiner, Dennis Hopper {as Napoleon Bonaparte!}, Edward Everett Horton, Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre, Groucho & Harpo & Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, Marvin Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Franklin Pangborn, Ziva Rodann, Cesar Romero, William Schallert, Marie Wilson & Marie Windsor
Warner Archive color DVD [10/2009] for $21.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Story of Mankind children's book by Henrik Van Loon  "The Story of Mankind" children's book [orig 1922]
by Henrik Willem Van Loon [1882-1944]
- book won the first Newberry Prize
Wilder Publns 9¼x6¼ pb [3/2009] for $9.99
Pocket mass pb [1940] out of print/used
Cosimo Classics 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $31.45
Benediction Classics illustrated 9x6 hardcover [11/2010] for $31.49
book entry at Wikipedia

"The Swimmer" [Columbia Pictures May 1968]
Swimmer  Athletic Burt Lancaster interrupts the lives of his neighbors on a quest to swim from pool to pool across the valley, an odyssey that leads from love and power to despair and ruin. Script by Eleanor Perry from a story by John Cheever; directed by Frank Perry & Sydney Pollack
Sony widescreen color DVD [4/2003] out of prodn/used
Columbia/TriStar color VHS [9/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Time Machine"  by  H.G. Wells
The thing that Wells got right back in 1895 is the split of society in twain, and the realization of his prophecy is already too apparent at the beginning of the XXIst Century – the eloi and the morlocks are today's Haves and Have-Nots. The 1960 film is a sci-fi classic; the 2002 release altered the adventure tale into an unrecognizable and weak love story.
Time Machine 1960  M.G.M. feature film [1960]
Directed by George Pal, starring Rod Taylor & Yvette Mimieux; won Academy Award Oscar for Special Effects
Turner Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [11/2010] for $11.58
Warner letterbox color DVD [10/2000] out of prodn/used
M.G.M. Video Limited Edition widescreen color DVD [12/2000] out of prodn/used
Warner color VHS [3/2001] for $9.99
Crescendo soundtrack CD [4/89] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Time Machine book  "The Time Machine: An Invention" [1895]
Kindle Edition from Public Domain Books [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [7/2009] 25 books for 99¢ {sic}
Tor mass pb [12/95] for $3.99
Ace movie tie-in pb [12/2001] out of print/many, many used
Morlock Night sequel to Time Machine by K.W. Jeter  "Morlock Night" [1979] by K.W. Jeter
"What happened when the time machine returned ..." A sequel to "The Time Machine" with the Morlocks invading Victorian London by time machine; considered the first 'steampunk' novel. {Call this the 'pulpy' sequel.}
Grafton pb [5/89] out of print/rare (high priced}
Daw mass pb [6/79] out of print/rare (high priced}
Time Ships sequel to Time Machine by Stephen Baxter  "The Time Ships" [1995] by Stephen Baxter
The Time Traveler's return from the future has altered that same future, so he must hop around thru Time before he can return to the proper future and save Weema. {Call this the 'philosophical' sequel.}
Eos mass pb [11/95] for $7.99
Voyager mass pb [9/95] out of print/used
HarperCollins hardcover [2002] out of print/used
Time Machine 2002  DreamWorks/Warner feature film [March 2002]
Directed by Simon Wells & Gore Verbinski; starring Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias & Jeremy Irons
full credits from IMDb

"Tin Drum" [Argos/Bioskop 1979]
Tin Drum video   Günter Grass's novel, and the film adapted from it, use the tin drum as the perfect metaphor for That Little Voice Inside Your Head.
Co-written & directed by Volker Schlöndorff; German title "Die Blechtrommel"
Criterion color DVD [5/2004] for $24.99
Kino Video widescreen VHS with English subtitles [11/96] for $39.95
Image Ent letterbox DVD with English subtitles [8/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Tin Drum book  
based on the 1959 novel by Günter Grass
Translation by Ralph Manheim
Knopf/Vintage 8x5¼ pb [1/90] for $12.76
book listed #56 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)

"Transformation: The Life and Legacy
of Werner Erhard"

[Screen Media Ventures / festival circuit 2006 / theatrical 2008]
Transformation, Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard documentary  "Get the real story behind the est Training with never-before-seen footage
of actual est seminars and uncut interviews with Werner Erhard talking
about his ideas"
featuring Werner Erhard & family, R. Buckminster Fuller,
Randy McNamara, Art Schreiber & Laurel Scheaf

Co-produced, written, directed & edited by Robyn Symon
Screen Media widescreen color DVD [5/2008] for $8.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie siteproducer's official website

see also the Werner Erhard Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
[Saul Zaentz/Orion 1988]
Unbearable Lightness of Being movie by Philip Kaufman   A beautifully-photographed meditation on love, politics & bliss seen thru an expatriate Czech doctor's reactions to the Russian invasion of Prague in 1968.
Co-written & directed by Philip Kaufman; starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche & Lena Olin
Home Vision widescreen color DVD [8/2000] for $25.49
MGM/UA color VHS [8/2000] for $14.95
Fantasy soundtrack CD [7/91] for $15.98
full credits from IMDb

Unbearable Lightness of Being novel by Milan Kundera  based on the 1984 novel by Milan Kundera
Translation by Michael Henry Heim • A poetic mix of philosophy & fiction, lightness & darkness, constructed like a Beethoven quartet.
book listed #47 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/99] for $10.40
Isis UNABR audio [1/99] for $69.95
Isis audio CD [12/99] 10 disks for $99.95

"Wings of Desire" [Argos/Orion 1987]
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders  A brilliant, stunning, gorgeous subjective look at what it means to be human. "Luminously optimistic." Directed by Wim Wenders; German title "Der Himmel über Berlin" (Heaven Above Berlin); starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander & Peter Falk; many awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinema-tography & more; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005)
Criterion Collection Blu-ray [11/2009] for $22.76
MGM/UA widescreen DVD w/English subtitles [7/2003] out of prodn/many used
MGM/UA color VHS w/English subtitles [6/2000] for $9.98
Orion color VHS w/English subtitles [5/93] for $7.99
Fine Line import soundtrack CD [5/90] for $18.04
Nonesuch soundtrack CD [10/90] out of prodn/many used
11x17" poster at AllPosters.comfull credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Faraway, So Close" [Bioskop/Sony 1993]
Faraway, So Close  The sequel to "Wings of Desire" (above), this film is superb in its own right.
Directed by Wim Wenders; German title "In weiter Ferne, so nah!"; starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander & Nastasia Kinski; several awards for direction & cinematography
Col/TriStar widescrn DVD w/Engl subtitles [9/2000] for $22.49
Col/TriStar color VHS w/English subtitles [3/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

And will somebody please make a movie of:

"Stranger In A Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

The don Juan books by Carlos Castañeda [1925-1998]



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