Filmosophy: The Truman Show

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Filmosophy returns for a tenth season of thought-provoking films and philosophical discussions. This season we explore the relationship between philosophy and film through Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Appearing in the Republic (c.380BC), Plato’s allegory provides us with what might be thought of as the earliest cinema. Each of the films included will allow us to consider the Cave and its various meanings, offering an insight into the value of knowledge and the power of film to both liberate and control. The season closes with Peter Weir's incredibly prescient The Truman Show. Truman Burbank lives an apparently idyllic life in the small coastal town of Seahaven, unaware that his entire world is manufactured for the purpose of a reality television show, of which he is the star.

Peter Weir's satire causes us to question the reality of our own world and consider to what extent we are able to transcend it. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by an accessible and informal post-screening discussion hosted by James Mooney, lecturer in film and philosophy (Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh). Tickets available soon.

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