John David Ebert's Celluloid Heroes & Mechanical Dragons examines how movies since the late 1960s have developed a "myth of the machine" for our contemporary society. Modern technology, Ebert argues, has created a new environment which raises problems that our modern myths, in celluloid form, attempt to resolve by presenting a number of possible scenarios ranging from "demolition" of the machine, as in The Lord of the Rings, to "symbiosis," as in the Star Wars films. Ebert examines films such as Apocalypse Now, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Videodrome, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A.I. for answers to the question how modern man can retain his humanity while living in a society which is increasingly dominated by the technology he has created.
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From the Foreword by William Irwin Thompson
John Ebert has found a very interesting way to track the transformation of Western Civilization that sneaked up on us while we were looking at television.About the Author:
John David Ebert is an independent scholar who is the author of Twilight of the Clockwork God: Conversations on Science and Sprituality at the End of an Age (Council Oak Books, 1999). Formerly, he was an editor with The Joseph Campbell Foundation, and he has published numerous articles and essays in periodicals like The Antioch Review and the Utne Reader. Currently, he resides in the Southwest.
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Descripción Lisa Loucks Christenson Publis, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P111877275743