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By the mid-sixties, Ingmar Bergman (THE SEVENTH SEAL) had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann (SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE) plays an actress who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson (WILD STRAWBERRIES) is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema's most influential ideas. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark shadows and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist (CRIES AND WHISPERS), PERSONA is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.
If you're a fan of 60's style black and white screenplay, psychoanalysis, mental health, Freudian ideas about mental health, you might like this movie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Erik Willis
Truly a great film. Shot beautifully, tight script and impeccable acting.Published 1 month ago by tbrown
One of the greatest films ever made, and in a package that is itself cryingly beautiful. Criterion! How I love you! Read morePublished 3 months ago by mauvaisgenie
... i can't account for it, but this flick fascinates me and keeps me alert each time i watch it. Bergman 'returned' to the film world after a self-imposed exile because he was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anthony Sol
Everyone in the world should own this film! Bergman at his very best. It will haunt you forever.
Susan Sontag's essay on this film is indispensable. Read more