THE SUNDAY SERVING: Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

DAILY MUSE | One of my favorite programs ever has been the multi-episode interview Bill Moyers conducted with mythologist Joseph Campbell entitled “The Power of Myth“. Wikipedia summarizes: “The interviews were filmed at George Lucas‘s Skywalker Ranch during the final two summers of Campbell’s life (the series was broadcast on television a year after his death). In these discussions, Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. These talks include excerpts from Campbell’s seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” To that I’ll add that I believe it’s one of the most important television programs ever made.

The series is six episodes and well worth a watch at sometime in your life. Thanks to Bill Moyers and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for bringing this wonderfully illuminating series and book to us.

Part 1: The Hero’s Adventure

Part 2: The Message of the Myth

Part 3: The First Storytellers

Part 4: Sacrifice and Bliss

Part 5: Love and the Goddess

Part 6: Mask of Eternity (I cannot find this episode, only the first five. If anyone comes across it please pass on the link so I can update this post. Thanks.)

Here is a follow-up interview that Bill Moyers had with George Lucas years after Campbell’s death.



One response to “THE SUNDAY SERVING: Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

  1. I am in full agreement with you on this series, I happily managed to catch it being re-aired on a public access channel this past autumn and made certain to be able to view it every week.
    This is a television gem. I wish there were more like it… Thankyou. đŸ™‚

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