This book explores connections between the diverse ideas of Melanie Klein, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ingmar Bergman. These ideas are explored in relation to their shared focus on imagination and through detailed readings of a number of Bergman's key films.
Dan Williams, based in the UK, is an experienced lecturer in Film Studies who has worked in universities, adult education and currently teaches A Level Media Studies.
List of Figures
1. The Imagination: Bergman, Klein and Sartre
2. From Freud to Klein, and Wild Strawberries
3. Sartre's Theory of Imagination and The Seventh Seal
4. From Three Early Bergman Films to an Analysis of Summer with Monika
5. Revenge and Reparation in The Virgin Spring
6. The Destruction of the Artist: Hour of the Wolf
'This welcome and original study provides a stimulating investigation into the imagination and how the processes of imagining (dreams, memories, nightmares and visions) are manifested in Bergman's films. Williams' unique insight into the confluences and discrepancies between philosophy and psychoanalytic theory paves the way for an enlightening exploration of Bergman's films.'
- Laura Hubner, University of Winchester, UK, author of The Films of Ingmar Bergman: Illusions of Light and Darkness (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)