CUL 333 Cinema of Transformation: Movies, Myth, and Meaning
The wisdom stories that were once told at night around the campfire are now presented in a dark movie theater by a flickering light on the silver screen. And much like these timeless myths, movies can also tell us about our world, how to relate to each other, and provide insight as to who we are as individuals. The advantage with using movies is that they are common across cultures and easily understood by a great number of people. These archetypal stories and characters contain universal themes that connect to our own lives in a way in which we can learn and grow from them. While the movie format is relatively new, the stories themselves have changed very little over time, for they are the stories of our lives. Most Hollywood films show some sort of change or transformation that the main character has to make in order to accomplish a specific goal. And it is this transformative, psychological function of myth, as revealed through movies, that we will be exploring over the next ten weeks.