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Persona

Ingmar Bergman
Sweden 1966 / 85’
Wild Strawberries The Serpent's Egg

A whirring projector displays on-screen a variety of images and scenes that are connected in ways we can only guess at. After this ostentatiously avant-garde prelude revealing the machinery of the cinematic fiction to follow, the film itself begins. A young nurse named Alma looks after a famous actress, Elisabet Vogler, who is in a state of existential crisis. Fleeing from the world, the patient falls into passivity and silence. The two women move from the hospital to a house by the sea, where their relationship becomes increasingly toxic. A dialectic of love and frigidity. A fusion of personas. Metaphorical and literal vampirism. As time passes, this intimate drama transforms into a psychological horror. At the same time predatory and poetic, Ingmar Bergman considered Persona to be one of his most accomplished films.

Piotr Mirski

awards

Guldbagge Awards 1967 – Best Film, Best Actress; National Society of Film Critics Awards 1968 – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important filmmakers in the history of artistic cinema. Born in 1918, he died in 2007 on the very same day that another legend passed away, Michelangelo Antonioni. He began his career in the film industry by correcting screenplays for others. He gained directorial experience as an assistant to Alf Sjöberg on Torment, for which he wrote the script. He made his directorial debut with Crisis. He gained international fame thanks to Smiles of a Summer Night, and then cemented his position with The SeventhSeal and Wild Strawberries, filmed shortly thereafter. The coming years and decades brought him even more success. He regularly worked with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors such as Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. He also worked in the theater.

Selected filmography

1946 Kryzys / Kris / Crisis

1953 Wakacje z Moniką / Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika

1955 Uśmiech nocy / Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night

1957 Siódma pieczęć / Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal

1957 Tam, gdzie rosną poziomki / Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries

1960 Źródło / Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring

1961 Jak w zwierciadle / Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly

1966 Persona

1972 Szepty i krzyki / Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers

1973 Sceny z życia małżeńskiego / Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage (TV)

1977 Jajo węża / The Serpent's Egg

1978 Jesienna sonata / Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata

1983 Fanny i Aleksander / Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (TV)

2003 Sarabanda / Saraband (TV)

Cast & Crew

director Ingmar Bergman
screenplay Ingmar Bergman
cinematography Sven Nykvist
editing Ulla Ryghe
music Lars Johan Werle
cast Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand
producer Ingmar Bergman
production Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
sales Ambasada Szwecji
language Swedish, English
colouration b&w