Persona (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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It is at this point that the film, which has already be super-saturated with complex visual imagery, begins to create an unnerving and deeply existential portrait of how we interpret others, how others interpret us, and the impact that these interpretations have upon both us and them. What at first seemed fond glances and friendly gestures from the silent Elisabeth are now suddenly open to different interpretations, and Alma--feeling increasingly trapped by the silence--enters into a series of confrontations with her patient... but these confrontations have a dreamlike quality, and it becomes impossible to know if they are real or imagined--and if imagined, in which of the women's minds the fantasy occurs.
Ultimately, Bergman seems to be creating a situation in which we are forced to acknowledge that a great deal of what we believe we know about each other rests largely upon what we ourselves project upon them.Read more ›
The story is seemingly simple:
"A nurse, Alma (Bibi Andersson), has been assigned to care for a famous actress, Elizabeth (Liv Ullman), who suddenly stopped speaking during a performance of Electra and has remained silent ever since. When they go to stay in a seaside house owned by Alma's psychiatrist colleague, the apparently self-confident nurse gradually reveals more and more of herself in the face of Elizabeth's silence, and is shocked to read a letter the actress has written implying that Alma is an interesting case-study. The two women seem almost to exchange identities, or to become one (strikingly expressed visually in a famous shot); in a dream sequence (or perhaps fantasy), Elizabeth's husband comes to visit and seems to think that Alma is his wife. Finally Alma, back in her nurse's uniform, catches a bus to go home, leaving the almost-mute Elizabeth alone."
Whether Alma was able to get her identity back remains one of the film's many questions.
What is absolutely wonderful in the film - performances from two actresses. Anderson is the one who has to carry almost the entire dialog, her voice is one of the film's priceless treasures while Ullman is equally powerful in expressing hundreds of emotions through her face and eyes. Sven Nykvist's camera, the third star of the film makes two stars shine so bright.
Each scene in 81 minutes long film is memorable, some of them just unforgettable.Read more ›
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I'm a fan of Amazon reviews because you find regular people not in the critic business often writing more perceptive ideas about a book or film or whatever than a lot of critics... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Persona is a film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman that features Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann..The film is difficult to characterize in simple terms, but it may be helpful to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Desertman84
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 4 months ago by Erik Willis
Truly a great film. Shot beautifully, tight script and impeccable acting.Published 5 months 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 7 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 11 months ago by Anthony Sol
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