Persona

Persona

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In veteran director Ingmar Bergman's sixth collaboration with influential cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Persona features the pair's trademark minimalism and subject matter, namely illness, bleakness and insanity. Stars Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann.

"[The film that] introduced Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann to Bergman's stock company of actors. She plays Elisabeth Vogler, an actress who dries up during a performance of Electra and falls silent. Taken to recuperate at a summer cottage by the sea, her only companion is her nurse, Alma (Andersson), who unburdens herself to the famous actress and even begins to identify with her." (Sydney Film Festival)

Directed by

  • Ingmar Bergman('Wild Strawberries', 'The Seventh Seal', 'Fanny and Alexander')

Written by

Drama, Thriller

79mins

Rating: R16

Swedish with English subtitles

Sweden

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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A film we return to over the years, for the beauty of its images and because we hope to understand its mysteries.

Empire (UK)

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Wonderfully complex but warmly human, Bergman's drama is one of his very best.

New York Times

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Miss Ullmann and Miss Andersson just about carry the film -- and exquisitely, too.

Time Out London

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Bergman at his most brilliant.

Total Film (UK)

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Persona is made up of clinical compositions, austere acting and stark lighting courtesy of legendary lensman Sven Nykvist. Yet it's this very severity that gives the film its crisp beauty.

Variety (USA)

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Bergman has come up with probably one of his most masterful films technically and in conception, but also one of his most difficult ones.