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The Hero's Journey: a Biographical Portrait

By Directed by David Kennard, Janelle Balnicke | Produced by Janelle Balnicke, Stuart L. Brown, William Free

This title is part of the The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series

See also: The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (book)

“And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of the Hero’s Journey.” — Joseph Campbell

One of the greatest storytellers of our time, and arguably the greatest mythologist, Joseph Campbell spent most of his long, rich career explaining how ancient myths like the Hero’s Journey are relevant to modern life. In understanding the importance of myth as a vital, vibrant source of “mankind’s one great story,” Campbell inspired others to embark on a quest for the meaning of myth in their own lives. This biographical portrait, filmed shortly before his death in 1987, follows Campbell’s personal quest—a pathless journey of questioning, discovery, and ultimately of delight and joy in a life to which he said, “Yes.”

Quotations from this Title
Learn to recognize your own depths. [share]
And this then is one of the problems with our tradition, where our inherited mythology, let's say the Judeo-Christian tradition, relates to the first millennium B.C., and has nothing to do with life here. Everything has to be 'explained'––and a mythological image that has to be explained to the brain is not working. [share]
You have to learn to recognize your own depths [share]
You can write that sentence in a way that you would have written it last year. Or you can write it in the way of the exquisite nuance that is writing in your mind now. [share]



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