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Bar Bulletin

A Cinematic Transformation of the Mediation Riddle

June 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Bob Zierman

In Lawrence Kasdan’s film “Grand Canyon,” Kevin Kline’s character Mack is told by his movie producer buddy Davis, played by Steve Martin: “That’s part of your problem you know. You haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” Really?!?

Well, there is one riddle that I have been noodling on for quite some time that doesn’t have any direct movie treatment that I am aware of. Essentially, I will seek to solve the riddle of transformative mediation by making reference to three wildly disparate movies: Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ;” Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to...

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