An engaging and brilliantly written text incorporating original excerpts from existentialist philosophers, commentary on these excerpts and applications of the theories to appropriate films.
Acknowledgements Introduction: Why Existentialism and Film? 1 Dreams, Illusions and Will in Waking Life and Studies in Pessimism 2 Egoism in Max Stirner's The Ego and His Own and in Hud 3 Kierkegaard and Bergman on Faith and Despair 4 Howard Rourke as Nietzschean Overman in The Fountainhead 5 Being-Towards-Death in Blade Runner: Angst, Authenticity and Care 6 Heidegger's Poetics and the Truth of War in The Thin Red Line 7 Absurdity and Suicide in Leaving Las Vegas and The Myth of Sisyphus 8 Rebellion and Murder in Missing and Camus's The Rebel 9 Sartrean Romantic Pessimism in Husbands and Wives 10 Sartre and the Justice of Violent Rebellion in Michael Collins 11 De Beauvoir's Fight against Gender Stereotypes and Revolutionary Road 12 Foucault's Madness and Civilization and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Afterword: Existential Philosophies and the Movies that Embody Them Notes Index
Daniel Shaw is Professor of Philosophy at Lock Haven University, USA. He is the author of Film and Philosophy: Taking Movies Seriously (2008) and Morality and the Movies: Reading Ethics Through Film (Bloomsbury, 2012) and is editor of Film and Philosophy.