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Persona (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 March 1967 (USA)
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.

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A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona. Written by Kathy Li

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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. See more »

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Sister Alma: Karl-Henrik and I rented a cottage by the sea once. It was June, and we were all alone. One day, when Karl-Henrik had gone into town, I went to the beach on my own. It was a warm and lovely day. There was another girl there. She'd paddled over from another island because our beach was sunnier and more secluded. We lay there, sunbathing beside one another, complete naked, dozing now and then, putting suntan lotion on. We had those cheap straw hats on, you know? I had a blue ribbon around mine. I...
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Adagio from Concerto No. 2 in E major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, BWV 1042
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Oh My! This is crap
21 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Just hear me out. On a Bergman high with The Seventh Seal I went on a rampage to see the first Bergman film I could find - guess I have to look at what the film is about before I start searching.

The movie starts with flashy images, I don't mind art-house movies but I prefer them when they have focus more on what it's trying to say through plot (which this doesn't). I was like "well that was pointless - hopefully it gets better", No it doesn't. The movie continues with a nurse helping an actress regain her speech. They end up being alone together on a beach house. It's just one person talking, and talking, and talking, and talking... Just when Bergman almost pushed me over the edge midway - HE DID. By having those same flashy images there.

If you want to sit through one woman talking with flashy images then I suggest this to you. I have seen Bergman do SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. Watch a movie like The Seventh Seal instead, at least that had a running storyline that was easy to comprehend and wasn't just there to add depth to nothing.


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