Towards a Singular Cinematic Pedagogy: Gilles Deleuze and Manoel de Oliveira

Susana Viegas


This paper aims to approach cinema, philosophy, and pedagogy from a double perspective: from the work of the Portuguese filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, and from the philosophical praxis of Gilles Deleuze. When Oliveira saw the public lecture that Deleuze gave in 1987 at La Fémis, he felt challenged by the philosopher's words and wrote him a letter in 1991. Furthermore, Deleuze referred to Oliveira’s films as one of the “greatest pedagogies”. Cinema was then seen as a new cartography to the philosophical plane contributing to a mutually reciprocal movement between cinema and philosophy. In this sense, the encounters between cinema and philosophy as well as the connection between cinematic images and philosophical concepts, will be the theme of this essay.


Gilles Deleuze, Manoel de Oliveira, Cinematic Pedagogy, Philosophy of Film, Portuguese Cinema

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