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The (zen) Buddhist heart of I ♥ Huckabees

Ng, Edwin 2010, The (zen) Buddhist heart of I ♥ Huckabees, Journal of religion and film, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 1-1.

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Title The (zen) Buddhist heart of I ♥ Huckabees
Author(s) Ng, Edwin
Journal name Journal of religion and film
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher University of Nebraska
Place of publication Omaha, Neb.
Publication date 2010-04
ISSN 1092-1311
Summary  This paper offers a Buddhist reading of I ♥ Huckabees (2004). I begin with an overview of director David O. Russell's Zen influence to reveal how he weaves the Buddhist metaphor of Indra's net (a metaphor for the doctrine of pratitya-samutpada) and the principles of meditation into the narrative. The main objective, however, is to demonstrate that Russell doesn't merely re-present Buddhist ideals but also attempts to "practice" Buddhism by using the visual vernacular of contemporary media culture to rework film as meditation and meditation as film. In weaving Buddhist ideals into his satire on contemporary culture, I argue that Russell is engaging us in religious and ethico-political reflection.
Language eng
Field of Research 190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified
220406 Studies in Eastern Religious Traditions
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054760

Document type: Journal Article
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