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Selected 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 and existentialist.

existential moment from the 1992 film of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'            

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books about philosophy & movies

selected films, A to Z
A thru F

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"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 ("La Rθgle 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 background 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" [Columbia Pictures Feb 1937]
Lost Horizon by Frank Capra  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 • full credits from IMDb
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

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 IMDb • series entry at Wikipedia • official 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 IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"My  Dinner  With  Andrι:  Food  For  Thought"
[New Yorker Films Oct 1981]
My Dinner With Andre movie starring Andre Gregory & Wallace Shawn  Wonderful artistic conceit: two major members of the New York theatre scene constructed a two-person interchange displaying but not choosing between their artistic and personal points of view; lauded by many critics, remained in several theaters for a full year • A film by Louis Malle; written & performed by Andre Gregory & Wallace Shawn, with Jean Lenauer & Roy Butler
Criterion Collection color Blu-ray [6/2015] for $19.89
Criterion Collection color DVD [6/2009] for $28.26
Fox Lorber color DVD [8/98] out of prodn/many used
Fox Lorber color VHS [8/98] for $11.00
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [2/2014 upload; 1:51:26] online at YouTube
"My Dinner With Andre" screenplay [1981]
Grove Press Evergreen 8¼x5½ pb [1/94] for $15.00

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"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 IMDb • official 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 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 IMDb • official 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 55 sec 12/2008 "We Are Living In Exponential Times" video {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}

Timothy  Spall  is  "Stanley:  A  Man  of  Variety"
[Red Rock Ent./C.K. Films Oct 2016]
'Stanley A Man Of Variety' one-actor feature film  A middle-aged man who has been stuck in solitary confinement for far too long starts to see hallucinations . . . (all parts portrayed by actor Spall) • Co-produced, co-written & directed by Stephen Cookson; co-written by Falcon Fields; co-produced & co-written by and starring Timothy Spall
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDb • official movie website • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch 1/2017 official trailer [2:11] online at 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 Moore-head, Franklin Pangborn, Ziva Rodann, Cesar Romero, William Schallert, Marie Wilson & Marie Windsor
Warner Archive color DVD [10/2009] for $21.99
full credits at IMDb • movie 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

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"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 movie  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 IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

Time Machine book  "The Time Machine: An Invention" [1895 novel]
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

"The  Tin  Drum"  [Argos/Bioskop 1979]
Tin Drum video   Günter Grass's novel, and the film adapted from it, use the noise of 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 novel by Günter Grass  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 IMDb • official movie site • producer'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 Cinematography & 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 • full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Faraway,  So  Close"  [Bioskop/Sony 1993]
Faraway, So Close by Wim Wenders  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

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