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November 16

An Evening with Stanley Cavell

“What is a Musical Epic? Notes for Reading O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Lecture

Stanley Cavell remains one of America's foremost philosophers and one of the most exciting and dynamic thinkers about the cinema today. The Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus at Harvard and one of the founders of the Harvard Film Archive, Cavell has made an absolutely invaluable contribution to the study of cinema through his groundbreaking work as a writer, teacher and passionate cinephile. Cavell's dazzling body of writings include a number of seminal works about film such as The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Cinema, Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage and the recent compilation Cavell on Film. Here and throughout his career, Cavell treats the cinema as an object worthy of the deepest philosophical explorations of ethics, and human relationships.

The HFA is honored that Stanley Cavell will present a lecture entitled, "What is a Musical Epic?: Notes for reading O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Preceeded by a screening of O Brother, Where Art Thou?


Stanley Cavell in Person
Special Event Tickets $10, Harvard Students Free

Friday November 16 at 7 pm

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directed by Joel Coen.
With George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
US 2000, 35mm, color, 106 min.

Three escaped convicts search for a buried treasure in the
Depression-era south. Print courtesy of Swank Films.

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