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


  • Susana Viegas Universidade Nova de Lisboa



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


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.

Author Biography

Susana Viegas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Susana Viegas, Ph.D. in Philosophy, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Research Fellow by Foundation for Science and Technology (2007-2011) and Young Researcher at IFL - Instituto de Filosofia da Linguagem since 2007. I am a member of AIM - Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento, ESA - The European Society for Aesthetics, and NECS - European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. I am co-editor and co-founder of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image ( and Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image ( My main research interests are Philosophy of Film, Aesthetics, Contemporary Philosophy and Portuguese cinema.


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