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Klein, Sartre and Imagination in the Films of Ingmar Bergman

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Dan Williams
    Pages 127-159
  3. Dan Williams
    Pages 188-198
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 199-236

About this book


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.


Ingmar Bergman Melanie Klein Jean-Paul Sartre Philosophy and Film Psychoanalysis and Film European Cinema cinema film philosophy

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information


'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)