Persona

Persona

Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden

By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema's most influential creations. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, PERSONA is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.

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Persona
  • Persona

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1966 • Sweden

    By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical PERSONA, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman...

Extras

  • PERSONA’s Prologue: A Poem in Images

    The following visual essay by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie, produced in 2013, focuses on the first seven minutes of PERSONA.

  • Paul Schrader on PERSONA

    Writer and director Paul Schrader has long been a fan of Ingmar Bergman’s work. In this 2013 interview, Schrader discusses the lasting impact of PERSONA.

  • Ingmar Bergman on PERSONA

    In the following excerpt, taken from an interview recorded for Canadian television in 1970, director Ingmar Bergman recalls a stay in the hospital when the idea for PERSONA came to him.

  • Liv Ullmann on PERSONA

    In this 2013 interview, actor Liv Ullmann goes into detail about the making of PERSONA, her connection to the character of Elisabet Vogler, and what she took away from this life-changing experience.

  • Bibi Andersson, Ingmar Bergman, and Liv Ullmann

    In the following excerpt from an interview originally recorded for Swedish television in 1966, PERSONA’s director and lead actors discuss the evolution of the film and their individual interpretations of it.

  • On-Set Footage

    The following 18 minutes of silent, black-and-white footage was shot during the production of PERSONA. It is presented here with audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Birgitta Steene.