Machiavelli Goes to the Movies

Author: Eric Kasper
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739195956
Release Date: 2015-03-24
Genre: Political Science

Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince remains an influential book more than five centuries after he wrote his timeless classic. However, the political philosophy expressed by Machiavelli in his tome is often misunderstood. Although he thought humans to be rational, self-interested creatures, and even though he proposed an approach to politics in which the ends justify the means, Machiavelli was not, as some have argued, simply “a teacher of evil.” The Prince’s many ancient and medieval examples, while relevant to sixteenth century readers, are lost on most of today’s students of Machiavelli. Examples from modern films and television programs, which are more familiar and understandable to contemporary readers, provide a better way to accurately teach Machiavelli’s lessons. Indeed, modern media, such as Breaking Bad, The Godfather, The Walking Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War, House of Cards, Argo, and The Departed, are replete with illustrations that teach Machiavelli’s critical principles, including the need to caress or annihilate, learning “how not to be good,” why it is better to be feared than loved, and how to act as both the lion and the fox. Modern media are used in this book to exemplify the tactics Machiavelli advocated and to comprehensively demonstrate that Machiavelli intended for government actors and those exercising power in other contexts to fight for a greater good and strive to achieve glory.

Video Hounds Golden Movie Retrievee

Author: Gale Group
Publisher: Visible Ink Pr
ISBN: 1578591201
Release Date: 2000-08-01
Genre: Performing Arts

Containing the most extensive listing of movies available on video and a multitude of cross-referencing within its 10 primary indexes, this new edition includes 1,000 new movies (23,000 in all), expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.

Astrology Looks at History

Author: Noel Tyl
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Limited
ISBN: 1567188680
Release Date: 1995
Genre: History

Six expert astrologers solve mysteries in Western history using rectification to capture the lives of six geniuses who influenced the arts, sciences and government.

Der Antimachiavell

Author: Friedrich der Grosse
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1469998327
Release Date: 2012-02-01

Friedrich II., auch Friedrich der Große oder der Alte Fritz genannt (* 24. Januar 1712 in Berlin ; + 17. August 1786 in Potsdam), war ab 1740 König in und ab 1772 König von Preußen sowie Kurfürst von Brandenburg. Die von ihm gegen Österreich geführten drei Schlesischen Kriege um den Besitz Schlesiens führten zum Deutschen Dualismus. Nach dem letzten dieser Kriege, dem Siebenjährigen von 1756 bis 1763, war Preußen als fünfte Großmacht in der europäischen Pentarchie anerkannt neben Frankreich, Großbritannien, Österreich und Russland. Friedrich gilt als ein Repräsentant des aufgeklärten Absolutismus. So bezeichnete er sich selbst als Ersten Diener des Staates".Anti-Machiavel heißt ein Werk, das sich aus dem Briefwechsel zwischen Friedrich des II. von Preußen und Voltaire 1736-1740 heraus entwickelt hatte. Der damalige Erbprinz hatte im Alter von 24 Jahren mit dem Philosophen und Schriftsteller durch einen Brief vom 8. August 1736 Kontakt aufgenommen.

Contemporary Theatre Film and Television

Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: Gale
ISBN: 0787690481
Release Date: 2007-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

'Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television' is a biographical reference book designed to provide students, educators, researchers, librarians and general readers with information on a wide range of entertainment figures. It includes entries on individuals active in the theatre, film and television industries.

Finding Ourselves at the Movies

Author: Paul W. Kahn
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231536028
Release Date: 2013-11-12
Genre: Philosophy

Academic philosophy may have lost its audience, but the traditional subjects of philosophy -- love, death, justice, knowledge, and faith -- remain as compelling as ever. To reach a new generation, Paul W. Kahn argues philosophy must be brought to bear on contemporary discourse surrounding these primal concerns, and he shows how this can be achieved through a turn to popular film. In such well-known movies as Forrest Gump (1994), The American President (1995), The Matrix (1999), Memento (2000), The History of Violence (2005), Gran Torino (2008), The Dark Knight (2008), The Road (2009), and Avatar (2009), Kahn explores powerful archetypes and their hold on us, and he treats our present-day anxieties over justice, love, and faith as signs these traditional imaginative structures have failed. His inquiry proceeds in two parts. First, he uses film to explore the nature of action and interpretation, and narrative, not abstraction, emerges as the critical concept for understanding both. Second, he explores the narratives of politics, family, and faith as they appear in popular films. Engaging with genres as diverse as romantic comedies, slasher films, and pornography, Kahn gains access to the social imaginary, through which we create and maintain a meaningful world.

Boardwalk Empire and Philosophy

Author: Richard Greene
Publisher: Open Court
ISBN: 9780812698398
Release Date: 2013-08-19
Genre: Philosophy

From Machiavellian city officials to big time mobsters (such as Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, and Al Capone) to corrupt beat cops to overzealous G-men to suffragettes to abolitionists to innocent citizens caught in the crossfire, Boardwalk Empire is replete with philosophically compelling characters who find themselves in philosophically interesting situations. As Boardwalk Empire is based on historical events, political figures and mobsters, the philosophical issues raised bear on “real life” in the way the few fictional television shows and movies do. We see parallels with the events in Boardwalk Empire and contemporary political events, and between the characters in Boardwalk Empire (good, bad, and ambiguous) and contemporary figures. It is one of the most popular HBO television shows ever and its popularity is on the rise. In this volume, twenty philosophers address issues in political philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, feminism, and metaphysics. Gregory Littman analyzes Nucky Thomson as a Machiavellian Prince. In contrast, Richard Greene casts Thomson in the role of a Nietzschean superman. Michael Da Silva looks at the complex relationship between Nucky and Jimmy (Nucky’s young protégé). Jimmy feels resentment towards Nucky for the role he played in bringing together Jimmy’s father and his very young mother. Is this resentment justified given that Jimmy would never have come into existence had his parents not met? Is there a moral difference between the harm that Nucky allowed to happen and the direct harm caused by Jimmy’s father? Don Fallis considers the ethics of lying in the seedy world of bootlegging. Agent Van Allen’s unique religious attitudes bring a warped sense of morality to the Boardwalk universe. Roberto Sirvent brings to light the moral character of Van Alden’s God. Thomson advises to “never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” Rod Carveth explores the role that storytelling pays in the series and Cam Cobb illustrates the role of deception. Pat Brace and Maria Kingsbury address “Outsiders, Alcohol and All That Jazz”—the aesthetics of Boardwalk Empire and the prohibition era. Margaret Schroeder is used as a vehicle for the female voice of the era. Rachel Robison-Greene discusses the role that gender plays in the direction of the series. Ron Hirschbein lends a Freudian Analysis. This book is directed at thoughtful fans of Boardwalk Empire. It’s the only book to address the popular show from a thoughtful yet instantly readable perspective.

Rustics and Politics

Author: Leslie Dale Feldman
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739171493
Release Date: 2013-12-05
Genre: Political Science

The Beverly Hillbillies includes the portrayal of rich versus poor, the American dream, wealth, and social mobility in popular culture. The Hillbillies was a phenomenon of post-World War II America, the second wave after the 1950s, the dustbelt Depression meets the promise of opportunity achieved through luck. Luck counts in liberal society. It is, said Machiavelli, “the arbiter of half of what we do.” But is success based on luck really the American dream? And who is the bigger success story—the Hillbillies or those who have earned their wealth? Whom do we want to be or be like? Everyone wants to win the lottery, but is everyone willing to do what it takes to achieve financial independence without winning the lottery? Does winning the lottery bring social status or can it only be achieved by labor? In sum, Paul Henning’s brilliant comedy series The Beverly Hillbillies is replete with political ideas and has come to occupy a special place in popular culture as a classic television icon because of its deeper meaning and relationship to how we think about wealth, status, social mobility and the American dream.

Science Fiction Horror Fantasy Film and Television Credits Filmography

Author: Harris M. Lentz
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
ISBN: 0786409517
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts

With this book a reader who wishes to know who the stars ofIt! The Terror from Beyond Spacewere and if they are still living, or if a member of the cast of "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode ofStar Trekever appeared in a science fiction film, or what the name of theTwilight Zoneepisode starring Robert Redford was, will be able to locate the information with ease. These volumes cover science fiction, horror and fantasy films and television from the late 1800s through the end of 1999. Volume 1 has all the credits. The first part is an alphabetical listing of actors and actresses who have made a significant contribution to horror, science fiction and fantasy films. Each listing includes the individual's date of birth when known and date of death when applicable. The second part contains credits for directors, producers, screenwriters, make-up artists, cinematographers, special effects technicians, and numerous others. Volume 2 is a filmography. It lists films with date, country of origin (other than the United States), alternate titles, production credits, and a complete-as-possible cast listing. The films are listed in alphabetical order, usually under the United States release title. Films made for theaters, television, cable or video tape can be found in this section. Volume 3 is the listing of television programs. All television series and episodes of a science fiction, horror or fantasy nature are included. The series listing generally includes the regular cast, individual episode title, original air date, and guest cast, director and writer credits. This work is a unification, revision, correction, expansion and update of the original 1983 two-volume set and its 1989 and 1994 one-volume supplements. This film book is published as a set of three volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0-7864-0950-9 (for Volume 1), ISBN 0-7864-0951-7 (for Volume 2) and ISBN 0-7864-0952-5 (for Volume 3).