Art and Experience
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Teacher in charge
João Pardana Constâncio
Students are expected to:
a) be able to understand the idea of “film as philosophy”;
b) be able to acquire an advanced understanding of the philosophical themes embedded in Ingmar Bergman’s films;
c) be able to develop a personal view of the philosophical perspective embedded in Bergman’s film, on the basis of their study of some of the most important thinkers in the history of philosophy.
This course is inspired by the recent trend to think of “film as philosophy” (Mulhall 2002). Ingmar Bergman is arguably the filmmaker whose cinematic work best illustrates the idea that films are (or, at least, can be) a form of philosophy.
During the course, several of Bergman’s films are analyzed from this perspective, most importantly Summer Interlude, Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly, and Persona. The philosophy embedded in these films is questioned in the light of the thought of such philosophers as Plato, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Lacan, or Deleuze.
-BERGMAN, I., Images, My Life in Film, New York, Arcade Publishing, 1990
-LAUDER, R. I., God, Death, Art & Love, The Philosophical Vision of Ingmar Bergman, New York and New Jersey, Paulist Press, 1989
-MULHALL, S., On film, Thinking in Action, London and New York, Routledge, 2002
-SINGER, I., Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher, Cambridge Mass./ London, MIT Press, 2007
-ŽIŽEK, S., Looking Awry, Cambridge Mass./ London, MIT Press, 1992
Lectures; analysis and discussion of texts.