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Gnosticism in the

Cinema

Comparison of mid to late 20th century films with gnostic and anti-gnostic themes.

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Movies — Promoted culture

The movies are an index of popular culture. But this is only culture of a special kind – promoted culture. It must appeal to a mass audience, but does not reflect the values of that audience, at least not the values they like to think they possess. There are instead generic values, actually possessed by no one. Thus films provides a dual vision of culture. Both in its history and at present it shows the cultural themes and values that the public would understand and respond to, and also it shows what the cosmopolitan elites were promoting and for which the industry was engineering a general acceptance. There are also films that break free of the model, and can tells us something different.

The Artistic-Industrial

Complex

Since their early days movies have been under the control of centralized industries. The huge investments required, the distribution networks, and until the 1960s the censorship, all combined to insure that film stayed under the control of major corporations, and in turn these saw an advantage in staying in step with powerful interests. A second factor, which seems contrary but was syncretistic, is the attraction of artists to the political left and works of cultural destruction. That is where success and money is, because of structure of the commerce of art.

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This replaces an earlier WordPress movie review site Second Screenings. Selected old content is revised.
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Gnosticism in the Cinema

Comparison of mid to late 20th century films with gnostic and anti-gnostic themes.

Nothing yet

Forthcoming

Nothing yet

Forthcoming

Movies — Promoted culture

The movies are an index of popular culture. But this is only culture of a special kind – promoted culture. It must appeal to a mass audience, but does not reflect the values of that audience, at least not the values they like to think they possess. There are instead generic values, actually possessed by no one. Thus films provides a dual vision of culture. Both in its history and at present it shows the cultural themes and values that the public would understand and respond to, and also it shows what the cosmopolitan elites were promoting and for which the industry was engineering a general acceptance. There are also films that break free of the model, and can tells us something different.

The Artistic-Industrial

Complex

Since their early days movies have been under the control of centralized industries. The huge investments required, the distribution networks, and until the 1960s the censorship, all combined to insure that film stayed under the control of major corporations, and in turn these saw an advantage in staying in step with powerful interests. A second factor, which seems contrary but was syncretistic, is the attraction of artists to the political left and works of cultural destruction. That is where success and money is, because of structure of the commerce of art.

Nothing yet

Forthcoming

Nothing yet

Forthcoming

Nothing yet

Forthcoming

About Second Screenings

This replaces an earlier WordPress movie review site Second Screenings. Selected old content is revised.