Persona

Persona

(1966)

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.... More

"[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)Hide

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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. Full Review

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