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Moby Dick (1956) - Father Mapple's Sermon

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View Edit Sharing State: Published ▼ Actions ▼ Translate into... ▼ Text Commentaries on this Clip Add commentary Moby Dick (1956) - "Call me Ishmael" by ebreilly A classic formulation of culture was offered by the philosopher and poet Matthew Arnold in his 1869 essay, "Culture and Anarchy." Under Arnold, some aspects of human life—the most elevated or perfected bits, those removed from immediate utilitarian value and from the harshness of a growing machine culture—were worth passing down to the next generation, while others were disposable, perhaps not even culture at all. Those who embrace Arnold focus on the value they see as intrinsic to those "great works." John Huston's Moby Dick, as exemplified by this opening scene, falls into the Arnoldian conception of culture as represented via literary works.

Moby Dick (1956) - Father Mapple's Sermon

Father Mapple's Sermon as portrayed in the 1956 John Huston adaptation of Moby Dick.

from Moby Dick (1956)
Creator: John Huston
Posted by ebreilly