Sunday, June 19, 2005

Bioethics at the Movies

Critic James Bowman has a lengthy review essay in the Spring 2005 issue of The New Atlantis addressing the ways films help us talk—or, more accurately, hinder our discussion—about the bioethics concerns of the day. “There is at the very heart of the movie culture, therefore, a form of dishonesty. This involves an attempt to pretend that property, in which Americans also tend to be strong believers, is the inevitable metaphor for their stake in their own lives, and that there is no question of any liens upon such property held by the Almighty.” You may not agree with all or any of his points, but he deserves credit for mentioning the unmentionable and insisting on real argument about some life-threatening issues. Discusses Million Dollar Baby, Alfie, The Sea Inside, and Kinsey.

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