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Philosophy in Movies: Aesthetics

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1. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
What constitutes art? This is a film by a renowned graffiti artist. Thanks to jaytoast for the recommendation.

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2. Pollock (2000)
A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock; this explores philosophy of art.


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3. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot him. This movie is on the list because it explores avant garde film.

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4. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Explores philosophy of theater.


 

I am seeking movies for a curriculum on Film Studies & Philosophy I'm writing for my homeschooled teen-ager and me. This section deals with aesthetics. What constitutes beauty in the arts? Comments and suggestions are enthusiastically welcomed. :-)

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Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 0:31
I'm not sure what direction you want to take with your curriculum but "Dorian Gray" might be worth a note... but only as it revers to the Aesthetics moment.

I always found it odd that Oscar Wilde spent a great deal of his life traveling and holding seminars about Aestheticism. Yet, Dorian Gray actually runs counter to the of the aesthetic movement.

For "What is Art"... Exit Through The Gift Shop... is a must see.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Apr 30 10:46
Robert Bresson is a director who wants to wipe any expressiveness out of his actors' faces (or as he would call them, 'models'); the result is pretty true to life, and you might regard acting in films differently. Masterpiece: Au Hasard Balthazar
In comparison, you might want to see it with Dreyer's masterpice The Passion of Joan of Arc, which has one of the most powerfully filmed 'expressionless' and unihibited filmed performances;
Legends from the set tell of Dreyer forcing her to kneel painfully on stone and then wipe all expression from her face--so that the viewer would read suppressed or inner pain. - Roger Ebert
Dreyer said
Nothing in the world can be compared to the human face
and The Passion of Joan of Arc makes that well known.

F For Fake is an underrated art documentary by Orson Welles, and I recommend not reading too much beforehand, to avoid spoiling the experience.

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