Overall Rank: 269
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 130
Theatrical Release Date: 04/16/1966
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Actors: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand
Plot: A nurse is in charge of a woman who can not talk as she begins to delve into confusion about the women who can not talk and herself.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 05/17/2011
A perfect example of brilliant juxtaposition. The story here is not told in a straightforward manner, but Bergman uses visual cues, camera tricks, subtle acting, symbolism, and beautiful non-verbal sequences to fill in the blanks of a deteriorating psyche. It's a haunting film that needs watching a second or third time to fully understand.
Alex - wrote on 01/15/2009
Beautiful cinematography. I did enjoy parts of this movie but most of it has to do with how well it is photographed. I still think this film means nothing. Read all you want to about this but what is it about? Many people love it, though.
Bluesoul - wrote on 10/02/2007
This movie is pure beauty and perfection. From the two leads to the amazing cinematography (best b&w i've seen in my entire life and i've seen a lot of them) and masterful directing with an incredible and thought provoking experimental intro and outro. I'm glad it made the top 50 here, even if it is only one of the few art movies that actually made the normally very popcorn oriented top list :P
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/28/2018
Being one of my "giants of cinema" and officially one of the best directors in movie history, Ingmar Bergman created in 1966 what ended up being his most deep and complex movie he would ever dare to create. It is not only his most controversial masterpiece, but it is also the most notorious influence within the genre of psychological thrillers (and probably horror as well) for directors such as Takashi Miike, David Cronenberg and David Lynch. Persona is more than just a simple drama; it is one of the most fascinating psychological studies that worldwide classic cinema could ever offer to mankind.
The plot is "simple", or that's what it seems to be when we are given a brief summary of the film at least. A nurse called Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler, an actress that doesn't …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/15/2012
Artistic, brilliant, absorbing, perfection and thought-provoking. A nurse named sister Alma (Bibi Andersson) is tasked to look over Elisabet Volger (Liv Ullmann), a theater artist. Both live together and Alma tells the story of Katarina, her relationships, becoming Elisabet. Who owns the child? Whose persona is real? One of those types of films in which it would make you think and react, much like Cronenberg and Lynch movies. Screenplay was exceptional; (and personally one of the best onscreen) with the following lines: Alma – “I think art plays a role in life.” Volger’s Doctor – “Life seeps in everything. You’re forced to react.” "The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are …
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