Flowers and Trees (1932) Director: Burt Gillett Flowers and Trees is the second great film to emerge from the early Disney studios. It is mainly remembered as being the first technicolor cartoon short film. It was released as a Disney "Silly Symphony" in 1932. All later "Silly Symphonies" were released on technicolor following the success … Continue reading Flowers and Trees
Master Kong, or the latinized version of his name "Confucius", is a figure that looms large over Chinese thought. He is said to have lived during the 'Warring States' period in ancient China, during the Zhou dynasty, also referred to as the Spring and Autumn period. Much of his subsequent doctrine was influenced by the need … Continue reading Introduction to the Analects of Confucius
A Farewell to Arms (1932) Director: Frank Borzage This interpretation of Hemingway's famous novel starrs Gary Cooper -who also starred in the 1943 version of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls- and Helen Hayes, and is directed by Frank Borzage. The film won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Sound. A retelling of the plot will not … Continue reading A Farewell To Arms
Unlike the Homeric epics or the histories recounted in the early Biblical texts, the fables of Aesop are short allegories intended to encourage appropriate actions. As elsewhere recounted, the Homeric epics are concerned with the noble deeds of great men, particularly duality between wrath of swift-fated Achilles and long-enduring Odysseus, and the Biblical texts are … Continue reading What Is A Fable?
The Bhagavad Gita and the Prasna Upanishad are the closest examples in the "Eastern Canon" to a dialectical dialogue, such as a Platonic dialogue. In the Prasna Upanishad, we encounter six students full of devotion to Brahman, "the Supreme Spirit." In their quest for the highest Brahman they approach the holy Pippalada to explain the … Continue reading Six Questions in the Prasna Upanishad