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‘He had at least 20 to 30 figurines of hippopotamuses. Pink hippopotamuses, green hippopotamuses, hippopotamuses with their mouths wide open, hippopotamuse candy jars. And he loved hippopotamuses, he would speak of them as a bizar animal, and he felt they embodied the reality of absurdity and the immense possibilites of the imagination.’ That is former student Peter Zelin talking about Marcuse in the documentary ‘Herbert’s Hippopotamus: Marcuse and Revolution in Paradise’

Came across a documentary about Herbert Marcuse. It’s from 1996, but looks like it was only recently made available online. Here is a short description from the film’s website:

This documentary examines the turbulent life in California of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), author of One-Dimensional Man, Reason and Revolution and Eros and Civilization, among other books, professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego, and a visionary and influential force for the student movement worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies. Blending archival footage, interviews, re- created scenes and voice-over narration, the video profiles not only the life of Marcuse but also the history of student protest and social activism. The video features interviews with Marcuse’s student Angela Davis, former UCSD Chancellor William McGill, colleagues Fredric Jameson and Reinhard Lettau, and rare footage of Marcuse and former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Directed by Paul Alexander Juutilainen


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