the power of myth

The Power of Myth is a book and six part television documentary originally broadcast on PBS in 1988 as Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. The documentary comprises six one-hour conversations between mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) and journalist Bill Moyers.

The interviews in the first 5 episodes were filmed at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California, with the 6th interview conducted at the Museum of Natural History in New York, during the final two summers of Campbell’s life (the series was broadcast on television a year after his death). In these discussions, Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. These talks include excerpts from Campbell’s seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

 

1. The Hero’s Adventure

 

2. The Message of the Myth

 

3. The First Storytellers

 

4. Sacrifice and Bliss

 

5. Love and the Goddess

 

6. Masks of Eternity