Philosophical Movies

The movie industry provides precious matter for philosophers and key philosophical questions. From Chaplin to Woody Allen, find out our analysis of the most philosophical films.

The Kid – A philosophical analysis

The Kid – A philosophical analysis

The Kid by Charlie Chaplin: Summary and Analysis The Kid, filmed in 1921, is certainly the most beautiful of Charlie Chaplin’s films and a highly meaningful, perhaps philosophical film about fatherhood and childhood. This movie offers an opportunity for philosophers to examine the father/child relationship. In “Reflections of a filmmaker,” Eisenstein relates this reflection of Chaplin: “You remember the scene where I throw over to Policeman grain for chickens? For my part, it was contempt. I do not like children. ” Chaplin is hostile to children. Could we make a comparison between the little bastard and the young Chaplin ? The Kid is almost pure drama and Chaplin shows himself more of a dramatic actor andless of a clown than in any previous film. Laughter springs most often to the situation or pantomime, not rude or playful harlequinades. The scenario is studied and the dramatic situations are dealt with in a...

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Mr Smith goes to Washington (Analysis)

Mr Smith goes to Washington (Analysis)

Summary of Mr Smith goes to Washington A Senator of an West State has just died. Sam Taylor, a corrupt and local newspaper magnate, ordered the governor to appoint to a straw man, “who will obey the orders”. The choice of the governor is on Jefferson Smith, the local scout leader, a naive and inexperienced idealistic naive. But Mr. Smith, assisted by his beautiful secretary, finally discovers the plot, he will try to denounce the corruption. In front of Taylor and his associates, Jefferson Smith seems unable to make things change. It is not in place in Washington (all, including his allies, continue to repeat it), where his enthusiasm and his provincialism to his being the laughingstock of the Gotha and the press. But the film does not fit the look of the urban sarcastic cynical, sophisticated and cruel. Rather, it is these that are ridiculed, while the main...

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American History X (Analysis)

American History X (Analysis)

Philosophy of hate It is common knowledge common to say that the love of others is better than hatred of his neighbor. But for countless times, one can see the whole world is tearing apart from races, religions, skin colors or moral and political ideas. Can we now give a single example of civilized society that has managed to live since its inception without a hint of what is called racism or segregation? The differences between men are an opportunity to liberate these ideological excesses. American history X The film deals with this topic. Questions on antisemitism are positioned in Kantian ethics.Why consider that there are inferior races? How is organized the edification of a racial doctrine has a philosophical point of view? In a first part, we will see how the hatred of the other poses a mora, religious and social problem. Then we will see how the...

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Chaplin: Analysis of Modern Times

Chaplin: Analysis of Modern Times

Context of Modern Times Charles Chaplin performs “Modern Times”, a comedy film, in 1936. His Tramp character already has an extraordinary popularity. He invented the character of a generous and sensible vagabond two decades earlier, on the eve of the Great War. Charlie embodies the suffering of the dispossessed. Modern Times  marks the last appearance of the Tramp Chapplin. Mass unemployment coincides with the industrial mechanization. Chaplin, who was always very attentive to the economic and social problems of his day, declared in 1931: ‘unemployment, that’s the key question. Machines should do improve the well-being of humanity, instead of causing tragedy and unemployment”. Ironically, the film opens with a cardboard on which is inscribed a bombastic sentence: “a story about the industry, individual initiative and the crusade of humanity in the pursuit of happiness”. Immediately after, the director juxtaposes sheep and workers emerging from a subway (one black sheep:...

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Philosophical Movies List

Philosophical Movies List

Best spiritual movies Philosophy and Movies are an inseparable couple, as theater and tragedy. Images are a powerful mean to send messages, maybe a better way than words and books. Images stroke people, impress mind more than anything. Ideas spread better trough images than written words. There is no philosophical questions ignored by cinema. God, mind, thruth, others, politics or metaphysics have all been dealt in many many films. Many of great movie makers / directors are ardent readers of philosophy. From Chaplin to The Wachowskis brothers or Bergman, here is a list of major philosophical movies and related philosophical questions: Films of the 20′s: Murnau : The Last Laugh Related questions: loneliness, human condition Chaplin: The Kid Related questions: fatherhood, human condition Lang: Metropolis Related questions: communism, consumer society, totalitarianism,   Films of the 30′s: Jean Renoir:  Great Illusion Related questions: war, power, solidarity Chaplin : Modern Times  Associated philosophical...

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