Monday, April 21, 2008

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Philosophy 7 featured the French movie Hiroshima Mon Amour, which of course was not available for us podcast listeners. What was available was the analysis afterwards. One that I enjoyed enormously.

I had seen the film. It may be twenty five years ago, but as the lecture on the film proceeded it all came back to me. The love affair and the complicated communication between the lovers. We analyzed it at the time, but that was high school level and it was struggling with the French more than with the literary and philosophical matter. Yet, enough remained to be refreshed and from there the insights came.

I can applaud my French teacher for letting us taste French literature through this work of Marguerite Duras, but I can also appreciate my German teacher who never did such things. You guys are too young to understand he used to explain. I didn't understand half of it indeed. But then again, what I did understand made huge impression and the experience has been reserved for 25 years for Hubert Dreyfus to build on and expand the podcast enjoyment. It is also a very general recommendation into listening to educational podcasts - never mind what you do not understand, cannot pick up. Whatever you do take with you is what makes the listening worthwhile.

Previously on Philosophy 7:
Existentialism - Philosophy 7

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