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Podcast Profile: The Philosophy & Film Podcast

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5 episodes
2020 to 2021
Median: 28 minutes
Collection: Philosophy

Description (podcaster-provided):

Presented by Joe Saunders, the Philosophy & Film Podcast explores the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema’s most intriguing films. In each episode, Joe is joined by a different guest philosopher, who nominates a film for the pair to discuss. Together, they explore whether they can learn anything about the film from philosophy, as well whether the world of philosophy can learn anything from the film. The podcast is produced by the Hyde Park Picture House, with editing from Ollie Jenkins and music from Nathan Moseley.

Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Cinema • Philosophy • Guest philosophers • Thematic analysis • Films' impact • Hope • Love • Moral virtue • Classic and contemporary films • Philosophical readings • Music by Nathan Moseley

The Philosophy & Film Podcast, hosted by Joe Saunders and produced by the Hyde Park Picture House, delves into the philosophical themes and questions evoked by a range of cinematic works. Throughout the podcast, Joe is accompanied by various guest philosophers who each nominate a film for discussion. This allows for a diverse exploration of both philosophy and film theory.

The episodes focus on an analytical dialogue between Joe and his guests, where they explore whether philosophical perspectives can shed new light on the films in question, as well as what cinema can contribute to philosophical inquiry. The discussions cover an array of thematic concerns, including notions of hope, love, and existential questions. These themes are explored through the lens of influential films from different genres and eras.

Episodes frequently incorporate related readings and expanded discussions from philosophical literature, whether it involves classic texts like Sartre’s "Being and Nothingness" or modern philosophical concepts such as 'Amatonormativity.’ The films analyzed range from poignant dramas like Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" to avant-garde works such as David Lynch’s "Blue Velvet."

Overall, the podcast presents an intellectual venture where each episode pairs a philosopher's insights with a cinematic masterpiece, aiming to uncover deeper meanings and connections between philosophy and film. The accompanying music by Nathan Moseley adds an artistic touch to the content, creating a cohesive listening experience. Through its detailed philosophical explorations, this podcast caters to listeners interested in both academic thought and film analysis.

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