John Ebert

A Quote by John David Ebert on fairy tales and mythology

Don't you think that today it is in this sort of popular literature that you find strong archetypes, symbolic images which have vanished somehow from the more highbrow literary works ?

Stanley Kubrick replied  -  Yes, I do .... I believe fantasy stories at their best serve the same function for us that fairy tales and mythology formerly did.  The current popularity of fantasy, particularly in films, suggests that popular culture, at least, isn't getting what it wants from realism.

" September 26 [1964]. Stanley gave me Joseph Campbell's analysis of the myth - The Hero with a Thousand Faces - to study - very stimulating " 
                                                                    Authur C. Clarke

John Ebert

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A Quote by John David Ebert on being, context, web, interconnections, myth, and science

Every book that comes into being does so within the context of a web of interconnections between individuals, and this is no less so in the present case. The idea for this book first occured to me in 1994 while reading a passage from William Irwin Thompson's book - Imaginary Landscape: Making Worlds of Myth and Science - in which he briefly discusses David Cronenberg's great film - Videodrome - and I would never have stumbled across the works of Thompson if they had not been recommended to me by my friend John Lobell - and the website companion to this bookCinemaDiscourse.com - would not exist without Lobell's initiative and enthusiasm for the essays contained herein.

John Ebert

Source: Celluloid Heroes & Mechanical Dragons: Film as the Mythology of Electronic Society

Contributed by: Michael

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