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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.

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Alma
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Elisabet Vogler
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The Doctor
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Mr. Vogler
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Jörgen Lindström ...
Elisabet's Son (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman ... (story and screenplay)

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Ingmar Bergman ... producer

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Lars Johan Werle

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Sven Nykvist

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Ulla Ryghe

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Bibi Lindström

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Mago

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Tina Johansson ... assistant makeup artist
Börje Lundh ... makeup artist

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Lars-Owe Carlberg ... production manager

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Lenn Hjortzberg ... assistant director
Bo Arne Vibenius ... assistant director (as Bo Vibenius)

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Karl-Arne Bergman ... property master (as Karl Arne Bergman)

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Evald Andersson ... special sound effects
Lennart Engholm ... sound
Olle Jacobsson ... sound mixer
Per-Olof Pettersson ... sound (as P.O. Pettersson)

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Anders Bodin ... assistant camera
Lars Johnsson ... assistant camera

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Eivor Kullberg ... costume assistant

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Kerstin Berg ... script supervisor
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Kinematografi (Sweden)
  • Έρωτες χωρίς φραγμό (Greece)
  • A Máscara (Portugal)
  • Erotes horis fragmo (Greece)
  • Персона (Russia)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia According to himself, Ingmar Bergman fell in love with Liv Ullmann during the making of the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Adagio from Concerto No. 2 in E major for Violin, Strings and Continuo, BWV 1042 See more »
Quotes The Doctor: I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don't have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn't play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn't watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you're forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you're genuine or just a sham. Such things matter only in the theatre, and hardly there either. I understand why you don't speak, why you don't move, why you've created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you've left your other parts one by one.
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