The redemptive and destructive power of memory is a regular theme at the movies — from recent classics like Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to the Japanese film Afterlife about what it means to live forever with one’s favorite memories. James Bowman offers a survey of what movies can teach us about the nature of memory, and why only memories that bind us to others can make us truly happy.
Ethics & Public Policy Center
Memory and the Movies
Published in The New Atlantis, Number 5, Spring 2004, pp. 85-90. on June 1, 2004