Philosophy in Film
The film industry has tremendously grown in the present times especially due to the grown of technology as well as positive embracement of the film products by most individuals across the globe. In addition to this, most governments, both the developing and the developed ones have been promoting the film industry not only due to the huge revenues that they gain from the industry, but also from the level of knowledge that these films provide to the consumers. Films are in various forms, including comedy, drama, horror, fiction, documentaries, historical, adventure among others. In connection to this, there have been a strong argument concerning whether films do offer knowledge to us or not. Some individuals perceives that some films (fictional films to be precise) are made up and by this definition, they do not tell us the truth about our world and therefore, they rarely provide us with knowledge. Others perceives that films, just like other forms of art, do offer us knowledge even if its factual knowledge such as how people dressed or behaved at some point in the past. This paper pays high attention to the argument that films offers knowledge to the audience, especially if the latter has the potential to relate or comprehend the truth being revealed or conveyed within the film.
Films helps the audience to comprehend or relate to real life situations in numerous ways. For example, the acquaintances or predicament of the main characters in the film tends to be some aspects which usually occur or are experienced in the society. For example, in the fictional drama film, Mr. Nobody (2009), the main character, Nemo Nobody at one time was living with his mother in Montreal, who was at that time had an affair with another man (Harry) other than her husband. At this time, Nemo falls in a love with a girl by name Anna and pledged their lives to one another. They came to realize later that the two are step siblings since Anna was Harry`s daughter (Jaco n.p). Though they later got married to each other especially after Harry broke up with Nemo`s mother, the occurrence of such scenario is common in the contemporary society. There are numerous cases when couples realize they are related when they have not only fallen in love, but also married or having children.
In the reading Film and Knowledge, Bruce Russel stipulates that through one of the fictional films he managed to learn a lesson in Human psychology, a lesson that could be an intentional signal, a request for knowledge and at the same time a statement of fealty (Bruce 385). Similarly, the audience happens to gain knowledge which they were barely unaware through clear examples that are stipulated in the fictional films. The knowledge in form of a clear example in a film can even be more legible than the ones that might have been surrounding an individual on a daily basis. For example, in the fictional drama film, Mr. Nobody, Nemo`s parents had divorced when he was only 15 years and each went to separate ways, and this is a clear indication that divorce is part of the society no matter how it tries to discourage and condemn it. through this divorce case between Nemo`s Mother and father, any individual gains insights concerning the factors which contributes to divorce, and how it affects the parties involved and more so the children. In addition, in the film, Good Will Hunting, the Twenty
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