“Super-short paragraphs and line breaks can aerate prose, throwing light into density, giving the reader space to think.”

-- from Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Alison, page 38

#smallquotes

When you think about it everyone is larping, but just a few realize it

Where all my fans at? Let's rap about character development, ideological point of view, and philosophical big pictures after that divisive penultimate.

@armand
Haven't read the novel or seen the films so I can't say for sure. I know that books are burned in the story, knowledge controlled, yes? Could be similarities here to the burning of books at Library of the Serapeum/Alexandria. The control of estoeric knowledge could lend itself to Gnostic interpretation, but I think it depends on arch/resolution of main character and if there's any sort of spiritual or metaphysical gnosis achieved. Not every syfy/dystopian story is necessarily "gnostic."

@KitsuneAlicia

Agree 💯!!! One of the best cartoons period.

It's also a significant example used in general film studies when discussing narrative style and point of view. The self-referential breaking of the fourth wall was unique in film at the time, especially cartoons.

I included it in my intro and affinity for Gnostic cinema because Bugs is a sort of Demiurgic creator who torments Daffy with a fake world ☺

@DickFinnerty3 I just wanna say that Duck Amuck is one of the best Looney Tunes cartoons in existence.

...Please forgive my nerding out upon seeing that screenshot from the ending of said cartoon. Carry on.

@phagman

Eric G. Wilson wrote a very interesting book called Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film. Aside from various academics like Kwiatkowski who've written single articles about individual films with Gnostic interpretations, Wilson's book is currently the cornerstone for this new line of thought in film studies.

@phagman

1) A great impact indeed. It's hard to talk about the creation of a new cinematic genre--which in of itself is a debated and somewhat arbitrary term in film studies--when theologians and history academics themselves debate whether Gnosticism is even a proper term. Fryderyk Kwiatkowski wrote an article in 2016 about the concept of Gnosticism in relation to fiction studies, stressing contemporary and accurate methodological approaches towards fiction with Gnostic components.

@armand

Hey Armand!

Consider the mytholgoical undertones of the story in relation to the Garden of Eden Gnostic viewpoint: a "true man" is held prisoner in a fake world designed by a sort of demiurgic ruler (Ed Harris' Christof). It's only through gaining insight (gnosis) and challenging this imposed reality that Truman is able to escape it and truly be free.

dropbox.com/s/05vmwi1347arkq6/

@armand

Hey Armand!

Consider the mytholgoical undertones of the story in relation to the Garden of Eden Gnostic viewpoint: a "true man" is held prisoner in a fake world designed by a sort of demiurgic ruler (Ed Harris' Christof). It's only through gaining insight (gnosis) and challenging this imposed reality that Truman is able to escape it and truly be free.

dropbox.com/s/05vmwi1347arkq6/

@phagman

Eric G. Wilson wrote a very interesting book called Secret Cinema: Gnostic Vision in Film. Aside from various academics like Kwiatkowski who've written single articles about individual films with Gnostic interpretations, Wilson's book is currently the cornerstone for this new line of thought in film studies.

@phagman

7) (D) salvation is often actualized and celebrated in rituals that are performed within the gnostic community.

@phagman

6) (B) this is often connected with an extensive description of the divine world (Pleroma), from which the essential core of human beings [the soul] derives, and of disastrous
“fall” of a divine being (Sophia, “Wisdom”), in this upper world;
(C) as a result, humankind has become entrapped in the earthly condition of oblivion and death, from which it is saved by the revelation of gnosis by one or more heavenly messengers;

@phagman

5)Van den Broek’s approach also fleshes out a Gnostic cosmogony that fiction studies academics could use for comparison: (A) a distinction is made between the highest, unknown God and the imperfect or plainly evil creator-god [the Demiurge], who is often identified with the God of the Bible;

@phagman

4)That's not to say that typological methodlogies can't be used in limited sense. Many theologians and academics consider "gnostic" as a historical group rather than as a rhetorical noun and adjective that is describing an esoteric, spiritual knowledge of God and the divine origin of human beings; a typological categorization that Van den Broek describes as an inner enlightenment that once obtained, liberates the knower from the material world.

@phagman

3)Kwiatkowski therefore suggests an "identity formation" methodology that avoids "definitional problems of modern scholarship" and seeks to align contemporary fictional works with ancient Gnostic texts and creation myths (particularly the Fall of Sophia).

@phagman

2)The biggest argument you hear from detractors like King and Williams is that typological definitions of Gnosticism as a single religion are grossly misleading, negating the heresiological foundations set forth by Church fathers, not to mention Gnostics were greatly influenced by other groups and ideologies (Platonism, Hermeticism, Persian, Greek, and Roman religious ideas and mysticism, as well as those of Judaism and Buddhism).

@phagman

1) A great impact indeed. It's hard to talk about the creation of a new cinematic genre--which in of itself is a debated and somewhat arbitrary term in film studies--when theologians and history academics themselves debate whether Gnosticism is even a proper term. Fryderyk Kwiatkowski wrote an article in 2016 about the concept of Gnosticism in relation to fiction studies, stressing contemporary and accurate methodological approaches towards fiction with Gnostic components.

@bstacey

CHIMES is so good, as is Welles' OTHELLO. Breathtaking cinematography and locations in the latter.

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