‘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.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paisley_livingston/81/