Beauty then Ethics then Truth: How Film Music Reorders the Verities and Inverts our Metaphysics
How does contemporary culture understand the role of beauty in a world filled with ugliness, pain, and chaos? What of its religious significance? By what means do contemporary artists (specifically filmmakers) grapple with transcendence in an otherwise flattened and disenchanted world? This seminar will consider these questions in light of the music in Terrance Malik's paean to Beauty, Goodness, and Truth: The Tree of Life.