Heidegger and Brad Pitt

I just saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last night, and was struck by the prominence of Heideggerian themes in it. I know a lot of students out there are hopped up on Heidegger — one of you should write a paper on the Heideggerian elements in the movie. Some of the themes I saw: the overall significance of time for Dasein (Button’s aging process as the reverse of everyone elses’s, and the questions it raised; the backward-running clock); technological enframement (contrast between the old nursing home and the newer hospital, buttons vs. zippers); importance of care (again, the feeling of the old nursing home, as well as the nuggets of wisdom Button learns along the way); finally, the great need for editing.

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6 thoughts on “Heidegger and Brad Pitt

  1. source

    It’s number 23 on my Netflix queue, but if it’s got Heidegger I’m definitely taking it up to six or seven.

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  2. Kyle Deyo

    Brad Pitt is such a fantastic father. You can tell by the photos you see when he spends time with all the children. He has a kind heart. He is beautiful in and out. Keep it up Brad!

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