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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Kal Alston <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 10 May 1994 15:45:21 -0500
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>For a great overlooked film, I nominate John Cassavette's _Minnie & Moskowitz_.
>Moskowitz is an interesting character, a fully self-realized human being in
>the uniform of a parking lot attendant.  He had flow before Csikszentimahalyi
>knew what the word meant.
I was so fascinated that you invoked M.C.'s work that I will definitely
look up the film.  FLOW = the channel in which your level of skill matches
your challenges (above a certain low level for both) in which people experience
time/space/attention/control in highly enjoyable ways.  Mike Csikszentmihalyi
(you only missed one letter!) at UChicago started out looking at people
like surgeons and dancer and chess players, but has done (and his grad students,
inc. me)studies of all kinds of populations--high school students, anorexics,
workers etc.  All in search of ENJOYMENT of everyday life. It would be great to
cinematic representation of what I've always found a great concept (and my
aspiration--to move BEYOND BOREDOM AND ANXIETY(1975)).
As for my own suggestion to the list, I will have to think some more about that
(and why).
Kal Alston
236c Education--UIUC
1310 S. 6th Street
Champaign, Il  61820
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