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Persona

Ingmar Bergman

 
Persona (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Sweden
  • 1966
  • 83 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #701

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.

Cast

Nurse AlmaBibi Andersson
Elisabet VoglerLiv Ullmann
The doctorMargaretha Krook
Elisabet’s husbandGunnar Björnstrand
The boyJörgen Lindström

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
Written byIngmar Bergman
CinematographySven Nykvist
Assistant cameraAnders Bodin and Lars Johnsson
EditingUlla Ryghe
ComposerLars Johan Werle
SoundP. O. Pettersson and Lennart Engholm
Assistant directorLenn Hjortzberg
Production designerBibi Lindström
Costume designMago
MakeupBörje Lundh
Production managerLars-Owe Carlberg
Studio managerBo Arne Vibenius
Script supervisorKerstin Berg

Disc 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 translation
  • 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

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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The Persistence of Persona

By Thomas ElsaesserMarch 27, 2014

Decades later, Ingmar Bergman’s self-reflexive masterpiece remains a provocative enigma worthy . . . Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Persona

By Abbey LustgartenMarch 31, 2014


Film Essays

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The Persistence of Persona

By Thomas ElsaesserMarch 27, 2014

Decades later, Ingmar Bergman’s self-reflexive masterpiece remains a provocative enigma worthy . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter CowieMarch 26, 2014

The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress. Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Dreamworld of Persona

March 25, 2014


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