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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

PERSONA (1966)

Ingmar Bergman ’s chef d’oeuvre about two woman (a willfully mute actress recovering from a nervous breakdown & her doppelganger nurse who is tripped into one) remains a riveting free-association visual essay for the great man’s obsessions. The DVD, with the framing returned to his preferred 1:33 to 1 as opposed to the theatrically cropped 1:66 to 1, allows his iconic full face shots to achieve maximum image coverage, no hardship for Liv Ullman or Bibi Andersson at the time. Yet, what’s clearer than ever is how the film isn’t about their relationship, but all about Ingmar who as director is also forced into silence whenever "action" is called as he struggles to place his image/imaginations on another person’s face.

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