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    Non-American movies (or TV shows) in the USA, and across the world.

    Though I’m French, an overwhelming majority of the movies (and TV shows) I’ve watched are American, or, at least, from anglophone countries. So, I wondered… a few things!

    Pell-mell: How are foreign movies seen in the US? And/Or in the English-speaking world? And/Or across the world?

    Is there foreign movies (or TV show) – French ones, for instance – that are strongly rooted in the American culture, or in any other culture that differs from where the movie is originally from? And if so, why have those movies made such an impact?
    Are there biases depending on a movie (or TV show) origin?

    And, finally, to what extent platform like Netflix may or may not have changed this tendency and these biases?

    • I also think moving this to TV would be really fruitful with Money Heist and lots of Scandi dramas infiltrating the mainstream too. – Marcus Dean 1 week ago
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    • I watch non American shows like Elite (Spanish teen series) and other Turkish and Arabic television series. One of my favorite Turkish series that streams on Netflix is called "Fi", which is a psychological thriller. – nsafwat 7 days ago
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    • As you mentioned, it is essential to talk about the importance of Netflix. The company, unlike other streaming services, has built quite a strong reputation bringing, producing and distributing quality foreign series and movies to North American viewers.I think it is also fair to talk about the recent popularity of movies such as Parasite, Roma or I lost my body. – kpfong83 7 days ago
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    Foreign literature across Space and Time

    Though I’m French, most of the books I’ve read are foreign novels, and by foreign, I mean Americans (except for Harry Potter and a couple of other exception, but not that much), while the books I have to read for classes are French and especially French – or French-written – classics. It made me realize that I don’t really know classic books from other countries – I might have heard of them, but I’d never read them – while using American contemporary novels in my essays isn’t the best way to have a good grade! I was then wondering… quite a few things!

    Pell-mell: How domestic and foreign literature is tackle elsewhere in Europe, elsewhere outside Europe, in the USA, in the UK, for instance? Are there contemporary foreign books – French books for instance – that are famous in the US, the UK, in Sweden, in Brazil, anywhere outside of its original country? What define “classic”? Does it depends on the country, or is Goethe’s concept of “Weltliteratur” (basically, global literature) real, widespread? To what extent time define whether a book is a “classic”? And, finally, any reading advice concerning foreign classics?

    [I’m not quite fluent in English yet, so I hope it was understandable, and not too messy!]

    • Interesting topic. From a North American perspective, I have noticed that it depends greatly on the distribution and quality of the translation of the novels. The marketing campaign also adds an extra layer especially in regards to contemporary works.As a comics scholar, I have seen European comics make or break in the North American market depending on how the author/illustrator interacts with the readers. For example, the success of the French cartoonist Pénéloppe Bagieu is due to her careful marketing (social media, interviews) and being present in the comics festival circuits in North America. – kpfong83 2 months ago
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    It’s my pleasure! And thank you for reading and commenting! I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    I agree! There may also be the fact that the first season is more like a criminal drama, a procedural show, where the Machine is only a pretext to launch a new investigation in each episode (without, as you said, a young male hero, or enough violence or sex or fantasy). Therefore, it probably appealed to an audience enjoying that kind of trope, or to an audience who wanted to be able to follow the story even if they had missed a few episodes or an audience who just wanted to watch a dark criminal drama… Then, when the show shifted, when it began to care more about the big picture, to be more centered on technological issues than on the weekly numbers, those viewers may have been thrown off, taken aback. While in the meantime, those who may have been fascinated by this new approach were already gone! Plus, I think I read somewhere that the broadcasting time wasn’t ideal either. Anyway, that’s a shame Person Of Interest is so underrated!

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    Kant’s philosophy was quite revolutionary, and, at least in parts, at odds with classic philosophers, indeed! And free-will is one of the central themes in Person Of Interest!

    Thank you for your review, by the way !

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    Well, if it is – I know it is in some countries, but not in all of them – I hope you’ll enjoy it! The first season mostly is a (good) criminal drama, though. The “philosophical” – if I may say so – aspects are pushed forwards slowly, and it really soars, around the character of Root and the Samaritan’s arc.
    However, I found Michael Emerson’s performance astonashing all along – though I haven’t seen Lost (sadly, it isn’t on Netflix where I live) so I can’t give you a comparison. Anyway, good viewing!

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    Is it? That’s interesting! I never saw it that way!
    Kant does set borders to the human mind. To quote him: “Time and space are the frameworks within which the mind is constrained in order to have its experience of reality” or “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” But, to me, Kant wants to free reason from – among other things – the paternalism of the Church, its rituals, and its superstitions, as they may be at odds with the Moral Law and prevents people from using their own mind, their own reason, (“Sapere Aude!”).
    However, I know that there are a lot of debates, still nowadays, regarding Kant’s view on God, especially around his book “Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason”.

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    My pleasure !
    Yup, Big Sister is Watching !! XD

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    He was, indeed, a person of wisdom. I don’t know if he was agnostic! He did criticize the church hierarchy in What Is Enlightenment?, as it is a paternalist institution, however, to this day there are still many debates considering what was Kant’s belief regarding God and the Christian religion, especially around his book Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason. I think, that, in that case, it depends more on the reader’s believes and point of view, than in what is written in Kant’s work. [cf: the comments just after yours!]

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer

    Well, in a way, isn’t the Machine already Root’s clone? Can’t she potentially be John’s clone? Or Carter’s? Or Elias’? Or Nathan’s? Or anyone She watched and knew better than they knew themselves? Though it is not physical cloning – like in Altered Carbon, for instance – I think that what Root and Harold are discussing during the car chase in 5×10 is pretty close to the idea of keeping loved ones or bringing them back through some sort of cloning method.
    However, if they do bring it back, and especially if they do bring back characters through any kind of cloning or something related, there gotta be a Westworld crossover – even though the androids aren’t exactly clones. Or is this just me being a nerd?

    Person Of Interest: The Art of putting Kant’s Philosophy into a Computer