Persona
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Section: Apollo..Ingmar Bergman-100
Country: Sweden 
Year: 1966

Persona

85 minutes/Black and White

 

Description:

An actress named Elizabeth elects to become silent and is put into the care of Alma, a nurse companion. The actress's act, we soon learn, has two aspects: it is a wish for ethical purity, but it is also a species of sadism, a virtually impregnable position of strength from which to manipulate her nurse, who is charged with the burden of talking. By the end of the film, the two characters are engaged in a desperate Strindberg-like duel of identities, and Bergman has turned that struggle into a metaphor for the fate of language, art, and consciousness itself.

 

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman

Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Editing: Ulla Ryghe

Music: Lars Johan Werle

 

Cast:

Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jörgen Lindström

 

 

Production:

American International Pictures

Aurora

Svensk Filmindustri

World Sales:

Svensk Filmindustri

 

 

 

 

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, a Swedish stage and film director, was born on July 14, 1918, died on July 30, 2007. He was one of the key film auteurs of the second half of the twentieth century. His films very often addressed the "death of God" in Western culture, and the subsequent loss of the meaning of life. Bergman's characters often expressed an existentialist despair over the loss of faith, but are trapped in the rationalist universe with no hope of breaking out. Bergman's films were highly personalized, expressing his own struggles with modern life through the struggles of his characters.

Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman grew up surrounded by religious imagery and discussion. Bergman attended Stockholm University and became interested in theater, and later in cinema.

Bergman was one of the acknowledged masters of modern cinema. His films are representative of the artistic, and sometimes non-linear storytelling techniques of European cinema. During his early period, he worked exclusively in black and white. Some of his most loved files come from this period, including Sawdust and Tinsel (1955), Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal (both 1957), the latter two are still recognized as early masterpieces.

 

Filmography/ფილმოგრაფია

1946 Crisis

1946 It Rains on Our Love

1947 A Ship to India

1948 Music in Darkness

1948 Port of Call

1949 Prison

1949 Thirst

1950 This Can't Happen Here

1950 To Joy

1951 Summer Interlude

1952 Waiting Women

1953 Sawdust and Tinsel

1953 Summer with Monika

1954 A Lesson in Love

1955 Dreams

1955 Smiles of a Summer Night

1957 The Seventh Seal

1957 Wild Strawberries

1958 Brink of Life

1958 The Magician

1960 The Devil's Eye

1960 The Virgin Spring

1961 Through a Glass Darkly

1963 The Silence

1963 Winter Light

1964 All These Women

1966 Persona

1968 Hour of the Wolf

1968 Shame

1969 The Passion of Anna

1972 Cries & Whispers

1974 Scenes from a Marriage

1976 Face to Face

1978 Autumn Sonata

1982 Fanny and Alexander