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 named Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann). Elisabet has stopped speaking, and the attending psychiatrist treats the actress by sending her to an isolated seaside cottage under Alma's care. There the nurse, who must do all the talking for both women, becomes a little enamored of the actress. One evening Alma tells Elisabet about some exhilarating sexual experiences she once had and their unpleasant aftermath. Soon after sharing this confidence, the nurse reads a letter Elisabet has written and is shocked to learn that the actress thinks of her as an amusing study. The relationship between the women becomes tense, and they wound each other. Then Alma has a long dream in which her identity merges with that of Elisabet, but when the nurse awakes, both women have apparently come to at least temporary terms with their psychological problems. ~ All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
UPC: 0715515113410
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1A
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 41

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; New visual essay on the film's prologue by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; New interviews with actor Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Paul Schrader; Excerpted archival interviews with Bergman, Ullmann, and actor Bibi Andersson; On-set footage, with audio commentary by Bergman historian Birgitta Steene; Liv & Ingmar, a 2012 feature documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar; Trailer; New English subtitle translaton; One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, an excerpt from the 1970 book Bergman On Bergman, and an excerpted 1977 interview with Andersson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bibi Andersson Nurse Alma
Liv Ullmann Actress Elisabeth Vogler
Margareta Krook doctor
Gunnar Björnstrand Mr. Vogler
Jörgen Lindström Elisabet's Young Son

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Tina Johansson Makeup
Bibi Lindstrom Production Designer
Borje Lundh Makeup
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
P.O. Pettersson Sound/Sound Designer
Ulla Ryghe Editor
Lars Johan Werle Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Persona
1. Prologue [7:14]
2. Mrs. Vogler's Situation [6:13]
3. Nurse Alma [6:04]
4. "A Fantastic Part" [2:37]
5. Seaside Stay [2:21]
6. A Good Listener [3:34]
7. Sunbathing [6:55]
8. "Go To Bed" [5:36]
9. Elisabet's Letter [2:55]
10. Broken Glass [4:02]
11. "Talk to Me" [6:42]
12. Rotten [5:56]
13. Night Terrors [6:09]
14. Elisabet's Little Boy [8:40]
15. "You Won't Get to Me" [4:59]
16. The End [3:55]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Persona: Live & Ingmar
1. Introduction [5:49]
2. Love [11:10]
3. Loneliness [9:27]
4. Rage [9:22]
5. Pain [13:58]
6. Longing [10:19]
7. Friendship [8:55]
8. Peace [15:12]

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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!!!
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This might be the best piece of art ever made.
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This movie changed my life.