Thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a philosopher, engineer and mathematician of genius. Among other major scientific and philosophical advances, he invented and built the first mechanical calculating machine in 1645, thus laying the concrete foundations of computer science.

The “Thoughts” are a collection of very short texts, divided into many themes, which were found after the death of Blaise Pascal. The “Thoughts” are Blaise Pascal’s most illustrious and striking work, which is also very accessible.

This series of films, directed by Benoît Labourdette and others in various contexts, is based on the principle of choosing a “Thought” and illustrating it. In 2023, we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth. These films are a form of homage to this essential thinker.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’22s, 2020).

At night, truths are sometimes revealed to us so lucid that they don’t survive the return of light.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’30s, 2020).

Facing the power of the world, what is the specificity of the human being, his deepest essence?

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’15s, 2020).

The paradox of knowing there’s so much we don’t know. IssueCan a film be a philosophical support? I.e. to be a tool to open up to the activity of thinking about the world. I think so.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’22s, 2019).

Where the activity of writing takes us unwittingly into unfathomable depths.

Film by Benoît Labourdette (2’47 s, 2016).

Is reality more real than dream, or both are equal ? Based on the “Thoughts” by Blaise Pascal (17th century).