On film and philosophy : the case of Ingmar Bergman

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Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

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Public Seminar




2:45 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.


GEG02, Lingnan University


‘Philosophically, there is a book which was a tremendous us experience for me: Eino Kaili’s Psychology of the Personality. His thesis that man lives strictly according to his needs-negative and positive-was shattering to me, but terribly true. And I built on this ground’ –Ingmar Bergman, Preface to the screenplay for Wild Strawberries (1957)

Who was Kaila, and what was the ‘ground’ on which Bergman said he had built? Could a single book by an obscure Finnish philosopher have been so very influential for one of the world’s greatest film-makers? Bergman’s Kaila-inspired in Wild Strawberries include self-deception, the puzzles of human motivation, and the status of values and moral responsibilities.

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Film Education Seminar Series (4), Institution of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

Recommended Citation

Livingston, P. N. (2008, March 12). On film and philosophy: The case of Ingmar Bergman [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/33