My inner geek has been released.

I was sent this link to The Pale Blue Dot film a while back.  It’s a 5 minute clip which features a narration from astronomer, Carl Sagan, from his book ‘The Pale Blue Dot’ wherein he reflects up the view of the earth from outerspace.  This powerful narration is accompanied by clips from 64 feature films that help to illustrate the points he makes.  (All backed up with an instrumental track by the band Mogwai).  In the office we’ve been desperate to identify of some of the films used in the montage.  I recently tracked down the list on-line, posted below in full, as a team we have made a pact to watch all 64.

What I find interesting is the links being made, from an initial viewing of a 5 minute clip – to a marathon film viewing effort.

Is this a way, to borrow a socio-edu-artspeak phrase, of “building social capital” within the team?

Anyway for those who enjoy lists and films here it is:

Cosmos: Carl Sagan The Planets
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Some Like It Hot
The Big Lebowski
Moulin Rouge!
Me and You and Everyone We Know
The Elephant Man
Das Leben der Anderen
Red Beard
The Ten Commandments
Glengarry Glen Ross
Terminator 2 – Judgment Day
The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
2001 – A Space Odyssey
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 
Life Is Beautiful
Cinema Paradiso
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Dead Zone
Ultimate Jordan
Leon – The Professional
Once Upon a Time in the West
Vanilla Sky
Red Sorghum
Reservoir Dogs
Gangs of New York
American History X
Taxi Driver
Mystic River
Citizen Kane
The Right Stuff
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dancer in the Dark
The Usual Suspects
Miller’s Crossing
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Rounders
Scent of a Woman
The Infernal Affairs
What Time Is It There?
Superman – The Movie
North By Northwest
The Shawshank Redemption
Mission To Mars
Blade Runner
Rear Window
Lady and the Tramp
The Proposition
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Feathers in the Wind
In the Mood for Love
Singin’ in the Rain

One Response to “#The64”
  1. Wayne T says:

    My first reaction was to think, ‘But how could this have anything to do with social capital?’, as popularly defined*:

    ‘The social capital of a society concerns the institutions, relationships, attitudes and values that govern interactions among people and contribute to economic and social development. It includes the shared values and rules for social conduct expressed in personal relationships, trust and a common sense of “civic” responsibility, which make a society more than just a collection of individuals.’ (World Bank, 2010)

    Then I sat with the terms ‘economic and social development’, ‘shared values and rules’, ‘social conduct’, and ‘a common sense of civic responsibility’. With this, and referring to your micro-level question – ‘…within the team’, I think it’s viable to argue ‘Yes’ to your question.

    * What this train of thought pointed out to me was that whatever is ascribed as concepts are popularly defined, may not always (or even often) concur with what we as individuals ‘understand’ from those same concepts (think professional versus everyday languages). In terms of social capital, you alert me to the matter of my thinking around this as being rarely so localised as your in the case of your office and film scheme. It’s also interesting (if you’re into this sort of thing) to unpack assumptions around the kinds of actions, attitudes, behaviours and so on that would be discussed in terms of ‘building social capital’, and with that, I’d enquire as to the ends to which this off-radar social capital is being built.

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