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Mythology scholar Joseph Campbell spent his life learning the "one great story" of humanity. In his final years, he gave a remarkable series of talks exploring all he had learned about myths, symbols, spiritual journeys, and more. Hosted by Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, each lecture is an invitation to sit at the feet of a master storyteller.

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Somewhat bizarre but worthwhile.
16 October 2017 | by batigoal9-1See all my reviews

The quick sum up of this is lectures by Joseph Campbell on mythology edited together in a way that creates a narrative that is easier to follow.

In its entirety the duration is ~14 hours so there is a lot of stuff that gets analysed. The spectrum of the subjects covered is quite wide, from basic history to interpretations of authors like Joyce and Thomas Mann.

There's a lot of weird and vague stuff being talked about and personally I lean more towards the scientific method and facts but still, I found it very interesting for two reasons. Firstly, a lot of the topics getting discussed are extremely rarely talked about anywhere. Prehistoric myths, comparing a large variety of mythologies and religions, alchemy, mysticism eastern philosophy. These topics are somewhat taboo in the western world and you have to really go out of your way to learn about them as it's almost certain you'll have to resort to books which are a lot harder to consume than a documentary.

Secondly, Joseph Campbell who was definitely a very unique and gifted person. Knowledgeable and more importantly very good at grabbing your attention and transmitting his thoughts on some of the toughest subjects to talk about.

If anything of the above peaked your interest, give it a shot and see whether you like it or not. You can also research more on who Campbell was and what this series includes to help make your decision.


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