Sunday, October 26, 2014

Persona



1966 Swedish Feature

Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand and Jörgen Lindström
Writer/Director: Ingmar Bergman

Synopsis:
A young nurse is put in charge of a well-known stage actress who has suddenly ceased to speak and finds that the actress's persona is slowly melding with her own.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 93% / Audience: 94%
  • OMG rating: 5/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Books: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Actress (Andersson).
  • Guldbagge Awards for Best Film and Best Actress (Andersson).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Film, Director and Actress (Andersson).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Working titles: Sonat för två kvinnor (Sonata for Two Women), Ett stycke kinematografi (A Piece of Cinematography), Opus 27 and Kinematografi.
  • Liv Ullmann's first of twelve movies with director Ingmar Bergman, and Bergman's sixth collaboration, of 23, with influential cinematographer Sven Nykvist.
  • Although five actors appear on-screen, Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann are the only ones to appear for more than a minute, and Ullmann's character speaks only fourteen words in the entire film.
  • The American version, released by United Artists, omits a brief close-up shot of an erect penis from the film's pre-credit collage.
  • The Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 39th Academy Awards. 
  • Persona was released on DVD and Blu-ray as part of The Criterion Collection in 2014.

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