Philosophical Screens: Bergman and the Cinema of Existence
Join our invited film-philosophers as they tackle Bergman’s big questions.
Bergman’s cinema does not shy away from big questions. Is there a God? Is there justice in the world? What is the nature of time and memory? Is romantic love ever authentic and durable? To explore how Bergman engages with these questions, join our regular gang of film-philosophers Lucy Bolton, William Brown, John Ó Maoilearca, and Catherine Wheatley and guest speakers at this special, expanded edition of our popular Philosophical Screens discussion series. Discover a cinema that is cerebral yet deeply human, and which helps us navigate some of life's trickiest questions.
Catherine Wheatley will kick off the day, taking a close look at Bergman’s “Faith Trilogy” (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence) along with guest speakers Laura Hubner (University of Winchester, author of The Films of Ingmar Bergman: Illusions of Light and Darkness) and David Sorfa (University of Edinburgh, editor-in-chief of the journal Film-Philosophy).
John Ó Maoilearca leads our second session, considering childhood and memory, with reference to Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander. In this interactive session, Ó Maoilearca encourages audience members to share nostalgic objects and memories associated with their own favourite movies - be they by Bergman or other directors. Bring toys, costumes, tunes stuck in your head, and memories associated with movies of your childhood.
Finally, William Brown delivers a talk on the links between cinema and desire, with reference to Bergman's Summer With Monika.