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Persona
     

Persona

4.5 7
Director: Ingmar Bergman

Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margareta Krook

 

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Persona is difficult to characterize in simple terms, but it may be helpful to describe this complex film as being an exploration of identity that combines elements of drama, visual poetry, and modern psychology. The central story revolves around a young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a well-known actress

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Persona 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Persona for the first time recently when I purchased the DVD. Based on reviews and artices I'd read about the film, I'd been curious about it for quite some time. It's a fascinating and disturbing movie that, at least for me, isn't easily understood. This doesn't represent a criticism, however. I love films that don't spell out every little detail and leave it to the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions. The first time I watched Persona I knew it would require multiple viewings. With each subsequent viewing I've gotten new insights, not only about the film but about myself. I feel this is a movie that requires a viewer to work and think, which I believe not everyone is willing to do. Persona also meets a major personal standard that can make or break a film for me: I cared about the characters and was truly unable to tell what would happen next. For me, these two things go hand-in-hand -- the absence of either greatly diminishes my enjoyment of a film, and if both are missing, I might not even make it to the end. Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullman deliver stunning performances in Persona. And, as usual, Sven Nyquist's cinematography is a revelation. The DVD offers some nice extras, and language options include spoken English and Swedish as well as English, French and Spanish subtitles. This brings me to my one criticism of the DVD. Although I much prefer subtitles over dubbing in foreign language films, I decided, out of curiousity, to try viewing the film overdubbed in English. Unfortunately, the voices are so dreadful that I only lasted a couple of minutes. Bibi Andersson -- who does a majority of the talking in Persona -- sounds like a little kid. It left me cringing. Bottom line: if you like films that spoon-feed you everything, I suggest you avoid Persona. If you like provocative films that require you to think, Persona is for you. And if you prefer spoken dialog to subtitles, be forewarned that Bibi Andersson sounds like Minnie Mouse.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased persona on DVD just recently and was quite satisfied. Bergman's unique style of filming must be seen to be believed. Both leading actresses deliever excllent performances and you can almost feel their emotions through the film. This is one of the most haunting, yet beautiful films I've seen to date. The camera angles are beautiful and in some secnes, highten the suspence greatly. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is seriously interested in film or who loves psycological drama and suspence. This is the first Bergman film I've ever seen, and it won't be my last. 5/5 Bravo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This might be the best piece of art ever made.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie changed my life.