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Grasping for the Wind [VHS]

By Allen Ginsberg (Artist)
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Record Label   Vision Video
Format   Color / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.46" Width: 4.12" Height: 2.03"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Release Date   Jan 1, 2003
Publisher   Vision Video
ISBN  0788601024  
EAN  9780788601026  
UPC  030306739038  

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This innovative and stimulating seven-part series, hosted by John Whitehead, explores humanity's search for meaning over the last 200 years through the works of Western philosophers, writers, artists, filmmakers, politicians and musicians.#1: "Breaking the Past" shows that when a culture abandons its religious traditions, it must find something strong enough to replace those traditions to give people a sense of meaning. This episode compares Enlightenment thinkers to Romantic thinkers and also looks at the revolutionary ideas of the 20th century artists and writers including Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Johnny Rotten.#2: "Where Are We Going?" examines the 20th century's search for answers to questions such as "Where do we come from?," "Where are we going?," and "Who are we?" Some key people and films featured in this episode include Charles Darwin, Michelangel, Jim Morrison and "Blade Runner."#3: "Children of the Machine" explores the relationship between culture and technology through the works of Ernest Hemmingway, Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali, and films including "Batman," "Nosferatu" and "Blue Velvet."#4: "The Lost Generation" describes how, with its moral base shaken, an American generation began seeking alternatives to Western Capitalism. Some of the key people and films featured include Albert Einstein, Margaret Sangor, Billy Haley and the Comets and "Citizen Kane."#5: "The Fat Dream" recounts how many people, unable to make sense of the destruction from war, began seeking an escape through spectator sports, music, gambling, drugs, alcohol and sex. Key personalities and films in this episode include Joseph McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and "Rebel Without aCause."#6: "The Winds of Revolution" shows how the youth movement of the 1950s escalated into a rebellion against traditional values in the 1960s. This was accented by politized musicians such as Bob Dylan and films including "Easy Rider," "Bonnie and Clyde" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band."#7: "The Narcissistic Culture" explains how much of America's culture, in a desperate search for absolutes, began turning to weight loss, sex advice and religious television. Some of the key people and films featured include Robert Mapplethorpe, The Sex Pistols, "The Big Chill" and "Forrest Gump."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Presenter-host Dr. Timothy George is an Historian and Dean of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School. Trained in theology and church history at Harvard University, he has written numerous articles and books including Theology of the Reformers, John Calvin and the Church, and Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey. George also serves as senior editor of Christianity Today.

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Best Summary Documentary of the Century  Sep 19, 2004
I constantly refer students and other researchers to this video set for an answer to, "How did we get here??" I can understand why new-world leftists don't like this series -- it is clear idenfication of the experiments that has gone wrong in the militant liberal ideal. Rather than learn from history, the nature of the hard-left is to move ahead at an accelarating pace and I think the final 5 min. of the movie points this -out.

The two-tape series takes the viewer brilliantly through major world art museums with art historian and constitutional attorney John Whitehead (of the Rutherford Institute in WVa.). It starts with Voltaire (1700's) and moves through several developmental eras all the way through the postmodern.

A must-see for any student. For anyone who likes history or does not, this is a wealth of knowledge and can be viewed again-and-again. It is by far the best summary of the transitional eras in Western thought I have ever seen.

Fundamentalist clap-trap  Dec 14, 2000
If you're looking for an intelligent, objective exploration of art, philosophy and Western culture don't look here! Whitehead attempts to enlighten the unlucky viewer as to the evils of Beethoven, Manet, Seurat, Einstein, Debussy and Bill Haley and the Comets!! Beware of a video where the sole quote on the jacket comes from the writer/director/host of the program itself!
Beautifully photographed, entertaining and informative.  Jul 5, 2000
Grasping For The Wind is a two-volume video set showcasing an innovative and stimulating seven-part series hosted by John Whitehead as he explores humanity's search for meaning over the last 200 years through the works of Western philosophers, writers, artists, filmmakers, politicians, and musicians. The seven episodes include Breaking with the Past; Where Are We Going?; Children of the Machine; The Lost Generation; The Fat Dream; The Winds of Revolution; and The Narcissistic Culture. Beautifully photographed, superbly scripted, Grasping For The Wind is as entertaining as it is informative. Especially recommended for school and community library video collections.
Original, engaging, innovative, visually stunning.  May 5, 2000
Written, directed and hosted by John Whitehead, Grasping For The Wind is a 2-tape, seven-part, boxed set the explores the different ways Western philosophers, writers, artists, filmmakers, politicians and musicians have attempted to answer the question of what gives human beings a sense of intrinsic worth. Grasping For The Wind takes examines contemporary cultural responses to the modern crises of Western humanity from World Wars and the Great Depression to the Oklahoma City bombing, and human cloning. This remarkable, informative, insightful, inviting, and thought-provoking chronicle of twentieth century art, literature, film, music, politics and philosophy as culture altering influences present a rare and serious discussion of humanities search for meaning in an original, engaging, innovative approach that is visually stunning and intellectually challenging. Grasping For The Wind is a highly recommended addition to academic and community library video collections.
Must-See: 'Grasping for the Wind'  Oct 11, 1999
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., wants to establish a bipartisan congressional committee to investigate the causes for our cultural decline. It's a good idea.

Brownback can save some time by viewing a new video series created by Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead (yes, Paula Jones' lawyer) titled "Grasping for the Wind."

The seven-part series looks at the historic, intellectual, artistic and social forces that have contributed to Western humanity's cultural crisis. It is a sweeping work that covers such events as the two world wars, Vietnam and the Great Depression and traces how underlying philosophical concepts in art, music, science and world events have helped shape the present world view, which is now being taught to yet another generation.

This is no polemic. It is a serious, highly informative work that is even entertaining. It asks humanity's ancient questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I headed? The series asserts that modern man can no longer answer these questions, and the result is a chaotic world in which young people search for meaning in alcohol, drugs, promiscuity and violence.

New orthodoxies that have failed replaced old orthodoxies that mostly worked. Yet those responsible for the new orthodoxies do not want to relinquish their power, and so they persist in the failed ways, even as children kill and are killed.

Attending school can now be more dangerous than crossing the street used to be.

If life has no objective meaning, the series suggests, then it means only what someone says it means at the moment, and that can change as quickly as wind direction. With no anchor in their lives, many young people see schooling itself as irrelevant, especially since the process is frequently barred from offering significant guidance. The First Amendment, you know.

"Grasping for the Wind" traces humanity's search for meaning over the last 200 years and is shot on location where the artists painted, philosophers thought and wrote and politicians schemed to dominate the planet by evil means. Familiar and not-so-familiar philosophers, writers, painters and musicians are shown to have contributed far more than their art to the cultural decay.

The series ought to be mandatory viewing in homes and schools for it awakens and provokes thought in our image-obsessed age. More than most anything else I've seen recently, this series answers the old questions and presents profound new ones that must be answered in order to reverse what metal detectors, surveillance cameras and guards in the halls cannot reverse. The nihilism that has dominated much of Western thought and culture for the last two centuries is the cause behind the school shootings and other social tragedies. "Grasping for the Wind" exposes many of them.

It may seem pricey, but you won't think so when you view it. What it provides in one package is priceless.

It will be disappointing if the decline continues and we stubbornly cling to ideas that have not worked and cannot. No new laws, no studies, no commissions, not even congressional panels, can reverse the slide. In order to chart a new course, we have to know how we got to where we are. "Grasping for the Wind" is a mirror reflecting the past and, for those who will take it, a road map out of the pit.

Los Angeles Times Syndicate


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