Pedagogy of Constructive Humanistic Transformation Through Cinema
Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction. The Need for Humanistic Change 1 The New Global Condition and Role of Cinema 4 The Challenges 5 Chapter 1. Pertinent Theories 9 Is Cinema Art? 11 Reality and Cinema 12 In Search of a Transformative Cinema 16 The Transformative Potential of The 400 Blows 20 Film Noir 21 The Search Continues 34 Documentary Cinema 36 Dissident Cinema 39 Romantic Comedy 41 When We Encounter Movies 48 The Question of Culture 52 Cinema and Reason 54 viii movies change lives Chapter 2. Cinema as Pedagogy for Constructive Humanistic Transformation 57 Pragmatism, Reality, and Education 59 Multiple Intelligences 61 Cinema of Good Faith versus Cinema of Bad Faith 62 Non-interpretative versus Interpretative Readings 63 Content-Only Cinema of 1970s America 64 Transformation for Social Justice 69 Chapter 3. Ten Movies 73 Mississippi Masala 73 Syriana 80 The Runner (Davandeh) 84 The Truman Show 91 The Matrix 98 Match Point 102 Paradise Now 105 Doubt 111 Her 114 A Separation 119 Appendix 300: Proto-fascism and Manufacturing of Complicity 125 References 139
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