Persona (1966) Poster



According to himself, Ingmar Bergman fell in love with Liv Ullmann during the making of the movie.
"Persona" is considered a pictorial radical film. Both Bergman and his cinematographer Sven Nykvist felt that mid-shots was boring, therefore the film consists of a few wide shots, occasional mid-shots and many, long and intense close-ups.
In the spring of 1965 Bergman was admitted to the Sophia Hospital, Stockholm, for double pneumonia and acute penicillin poisoning. While hospitalized, he created the basic script of "Persona". Inspired by August Strindberg's one-act play "The Stronger", an existence which consisted of dead people, brick walls and some dreary park trees and conceived as a sonata for two instruments.
Although the age of boys Alma and her friend had sex with on the beach is never stated, the script specifies their ages as 13 and 16.
The name of Bibi Andersson's character "Alma" is Spanish and Portuguese for "soul".
One of the 10 favorite films of Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky.
Susan Sontag wrote that she considered Persona the greatest film ever made.
Was chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "100 Movies That Shook the World" in the October 1998 issue. The list ranked the most "daring movies ever made."
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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