Friday, October 07, 2011

BBC's "Nietzsche: All too Human"

After reviewing the Martin Millette’s “Stormy Whether” (today on my Books blog  --note the homonym with "Weather"), I did look up Nietzsche on YouTube and found several substantial biographies, including one from the BBC, dating back to 2007 (and apparently 1999) from the BBC, “Nietzsche: Human, All to Human”, also called “Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil” on YouTube, where it is posted by the blogger  “Atheists Opposing Religion) here , with Youtube url.  Embed code is offered but I don’t know about the legal ownership of the film.   But as a practical matter, I recommend watching it.  I was a little surprised not find it on Netflix.

The fifty minute film connects Nietzsche’s philosophy to his own life, as someone who was physically not “competitive”.  The film puts his philosophy in a positive light, of wanting personal freedom to be one’s own self and express it, rather than find comfort in faith or even in others, upon whom one could come to feel shamefully dependent.

Beyond Good and Evil” (“Jenseits von Gut und Bose”) follows “Also sprach Zarathustra”’ it introduces the “will to power” concept, which has been misconstrued to have a political application. The latter part of the film examines the perception that the Nazis used his philosophy.

When I lived in Minneapolis, I knew a graduate student who was reading “The Gay Science” (“Die frohliche Wissenschaft”).

The film is directed by Simon Chu and narrated by Haydn Gwinn.  The music score uses both the famous Zarathustra tone poem of Richard Strauss, and Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht”.   The film explains Nietzche’s falling out with Wagner.

It’s curious that the NIH summary notes about my 1962 “hospitalization” , say “He was given to philosophical ruminations and following the age 16, obsessive thinking about the Nietzschean  superman whom he both idolized and hated”.

While “religious collectivism” or fellowship might be accused of fostering an exclusive environment for the future of tribe, it could also be viewed as a way of giving those with less “independence” a place in the world. 

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