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SEA Film Club – ‘PERSONA’ by I. Bergman (1966)
May 11, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm£20.00 – £25.00
With elements of psychological horror, ‘Persona’ has been the subject of considerable analysis, interpretation and debate. Released in 1966, Persona is mesmerising, luminous, strange, questioning…
The film, with its themes of existential aloneness, duality, insanity and personal identity, explores cinema, the scandal of the erotic, the polarities of violence and powerlessness, reason and unreason, language and silence, the intelligible and the unintelligible.
Like a poem it invites multiple interpretations.
In What is Called Thinking? Heidegger looks back through Hoelderlin to early Greek poetry and art works as revealing truth as disclosure : ‘We modern men presumably have not the slightest notion how thoughtfully the Greeks experienced their lofty poetry, their works of art – no, not experi- enced, but let them stand there in the presence of their radiant appearance’.
So Persona appears to us: starkly beautiful, radiant, darkly troubling, mysterious yet revealing… And beguiles us.
Marion Steel will provide a brief introduction prior to the screening, and facilitate a discussion after.
Marion has worked as an editor in publishing and lived in Paris, then Venice, where she completed an MA in Renaissance Art. After leaving publishing she trained as an existential psychotherapist and now works within the Dept of Palliative Medicine in a central London hospital.
She is the author of ‘Do You Realize? A Story of Love and Grief and the Colours of Existence’.
Art and aesthetics are inseparable from life, they are intrinsic parts of it in fact, and films are powerful expressions of the many facets of the lifeworld and of experience. They have the power to change our lives.
The SEA Film Club aims to address the question of aesthetics and art in the understanding of being human and of psychotherapy within the context of our prevailing separatist worldview in which art and aesthetics are segregated from education/work – the former trivialised as mere entertainment and spectacle, and the latter regarded as the important and serious business of life.
Cost: £20 Member / £25 Non-Member
This venue is wheelchair accessible
CPD: Participants will be emailed a 3 hour CPD certificate