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On film and philosophy : the case of Ingmar Bergman
  • Paisley Nathan LIVINGSTON, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

‘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.

Publication Date
March 12, 2008

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

Citation Information
Paisley Nathan LIVINGSTON. "On film and philosophy : the case of Ingmar Bergman" (2008)
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