Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

The Hero's Adventure

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 6/21/88
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  • Episode Description
  • In the first of six hours of interviews, Moyers interviews Campbell about the core of his life's work, the Hero Cycle. Campbell discusses the concept of the hero in cultures throughout the world, and the ways in which virtually all hero stories reflect the same underlying structure. He goes on to discuss how this structure manifests in several ancient cultures and right up through today, using examples as diverse as Native American mythology and the Star Wars films.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Moyers

    Himself

  • Joseph Campbell

    Himself

  • Leonard Feinstein

  • Girish Bhargava

  • Richard Peaslee

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  • Trivia & Quotes
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    • Campbell: When you see the earth from the moon, you don't see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really, for the new mythology to come. That is the country that we are going to be celebrating. And those are the people that we are one with.

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode, and much of the series, is filmed at George Lucas' "Skywalker Ranch". Lucas made the ranch available for the interviews as a gesture of gratitude. He based much of the structure of the Star Wars series on Campbell's description of the Hero cycle in his book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces" and he credits Campbell with the incredible success of the films.

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