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Year
1966
Runtime
85 min.
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Genres
Drama, Thriller
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
59,773
Checks
13,761
Favs
2,146
Dislikes
130
Favs/checks
15.6% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
17:1
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  1. NourNasreldin's avatar

    NourNasreldin

    The opinions on this particular film vary from “I didn’t get this at all” to “Stunning Cinematography” and so, just from those two comments, one can begin to understand that persona is not your average film with your typical plot, if anything it’s Anti plot, a kind of plot that resents structure and form and takes the viewer on a journey to a place where time and space do not rule anymore.

    One can describe persona as very experimental, it is indeed one of those films that explore the psyche aka the conscience of a human being rather than focusing on what the eye sees. The story is of two women who end up in a beach house together, one is an actress and the other is a nurse and they both figuratively merge into each other right before your eyes.

    Persona has a really intriguing script. On one hand we have a normal (not really) character that talks, on the other hand we have the other one that doesn’t, not because she’s mute but because, she just stopped. Bergman wrote the script while in the hospital where he was being treated. He himself states that his own psychological state was poor at the time. This is when he started questioning the role of art in general and his in particular and hence: persona was born.

    Here are the very first notes of Persona that Bergman has written:
    Dejection and sorrow and tears – which change to powerful outburts of joy. Sensitivity in the hands. The broad forehead, severity, eyes survey the [unreadable] childishness.

    What is it that I want from this, yes, to start from the beginning. Not to contrive not to incite not to cause a fuss but to start from the beginning with my new – if I have one.

    So she has been an actress – –is that acceptable, perhaps And then she fell silent. Nothing unusual about that.

    These notes generally serve as a broad explanation of the psychedelic film and also serve their purpose, as Persona eventually becomes a new start in Bergman’s own career.
    5 years 8 months ago
  2. lachyas's avatar

    lachyas

    Weirdest vampire movie ever. 6 years 3 months ago
  3. Camille Deadpan's avatar

    Camille Deadpan

    Stunning cinematography. 6 years 12 months ago
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  5. This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
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