Bellissimo scontro fra la psiche delle protagoniste, una rappresentativa della realtà e l'altra rappresentativa dell'arte. Geniale la complementarietà delle due donne e bellissimo confronto finale. Superbe le atmosfere.Dialoghi magnifici, che evocano le sensazioni delle due donne. Regia fantastica, con trovate visive molto originali.Anche la messa in scena e le inquadrature dimostrano la genialità del reparto tecnico
Surreal, weird, and heady - the kind of pure arthouse film that insists it has something incredibly profound to say but probably doesn't really (B&W and european, of course). But it does have many moments of fascinating, searing intensity and other- beauty even if those moments don't add up to much in the end. With mixed feelings, it gets a B-
Bergman pushes at the boundaries of the medium, achieving a form that is both psychologically and intellectually engrossing while the deceptive dramatic simplicity is accessible and affecting. Perfect performances and soundtrack, extraordinary composition and bold avant-gardism combine to devastating effect. So rich, a film to return to time and again. Elusive, dream-like, disturbing, it leaves an indelible mark.
One of the most experimental films I've seen so far from Bergman. It has moments of art house, moments of psychological drama and tension, moments of lesbian lust and sexual underpinnings. This is an ambiguous film, visually stylized and emotionally heavy, yet cerebrally challenging by its complex direction. The film raises the question: Who are we really, and how easily can we lose our identity to someone else?
Certain films of this kind are purely works of personal expression to the point where the viewer has to understand the intentions and thoughts occupying the artist's mind.In any other case the meaning and intention of the themes and subjects portrayed in such a film tend to be misinterpreted and given multiple meanings(subjectivity)which is rarely remarkable.One is unsatisfied unless true intentions are revealed.
Amazing and astounding as a film. Let alone from 1966. A personal shock to watch this with no expectations and no fore-knowledge, at my age, and after seen so many films. I am SO happy to have this luck. Now I can look forward sometime to re-watching, or to seeing echoes in other films. A triumph. A cultural treasure. Performance, intellectual and artistic conception + emotional power + cinematic power & creativity