02.07.19 | Persona

Expanding the boundaries of our experience of pure cinema, we are running one of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpieces, Persona.
This psychological drama has been called the Mount Everest of cinematic analysis – the pinnacle of film’s exploration of the psyche.
Through Sven Nykvist’s haunting black and white images, Ingmar Bergman explores the psychology of the soul, fusing the expressive elements of theater, dialogue and image into pure cinematic expression.
Famed stage actress Elisabeth Vogler (Liv Ullmann) suffers a moment of blankness during a performance and the next day lapses into total silence. Advised by her doctor to take time off to recover from what appears to be an emotional breakdown, Elisabeth goes to a beach house on the Baltic Sea with only Anna (Bibi Andersson), a nurse, as company. Over the next several weeks, as Anna struggles to reach her mute patient, the two women find themselves experiencing a strange emotional and psychic convergence.

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