16 May 2011

So it’s that time again and we are excited about the next Film and Philosophy Course, which is starting on the 25 May. This time the theme is Madness, Mind and Freedom.  The course runs for six weeks and brings together the discussions of philosophers about identity and subjectivity with the representations of madness within cinema. The course doesn’t require any prior knowledge of philosophy so it is perfect for the everyday cinemagoer.  After each film screening, there is the opportunity to engage in a seminar led by Dr. David Sorfa, Course Leader for Film Studies at LJMU.

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The first film in the series is Roman Polanski’s Repulsion starring Catherine Deneuve. One of Polanski’s early films and his first film in English, Repulsion explores the mind of a Belgian girl whose mind and emotions crack under the pressure of nightmares when she is left alone. It is widely recognised as one of the most unsettling horror films, ideal to get ideas and conversations flowing.

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Other films include Otto Preminger’s Whirlpool, Lars Von Trier’s Element of Crime and Graeme Clifford’s Frances. Full listings can be found here.

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Film and Philosophy Course: Madness, Mind and Freedom
A six-week course every Wednesday 25 May – 29 June 6.30pm
£8.00/£6.00 per screening, £40.00/£35.00 for a full course