One of the few films in which interpretation is truly subjective. Personally, I favor the Jungian metaphor of becoming the masks we put on to blend in society, and the inevitable struggle with the subconscious. Regardless, an extraordinary work of directing, lending, editing and acting, Persona is not only a crowning achievement of experimental cinema, but of all cinema.
Truly magnificent in every respect, this is a fragmentary but utterly enthralling psycho-breakdown of ‘self’ conveyed in filmic language. A breakdown in most senses too, both emotional and analytical, although whether the parts are put back together again is unknown and repays repeated viewing - something revealed afresh each time. Stark, piercing and beautifully timed - take note all those that ape this masterwork.
One of Bergman's most inspired films, and the new blu ray is one of the best transfers I have ever seen, even for Criterion. Ullmann and Andersson work beautifully together, and the tight natural lit cinematography from Nykvist really adds to the mental dread the main characters experience. Essential viewing, and a must own in my opinion for any serious home collector. 5 easy stars
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-