“I think art has an enormous importance in life. Especially for people who are in difficulties of some kind.”

Alma (  actress Bibi Andersson ) speaking to Elisabet Vogler (actress Liv Ullmann), from the 1966 film Persona, directed by Ingmar Bergman. 50 Greatest Films – British Film Institute

On the set of Persona, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman

 

Persona’s Storyline

A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth’s persona.

“People ask what are my intentions with my films — my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer:

I try to tell the truth about the human condition, the truth as I see it.”

— Ingmar Bergman

Alma and Elisabeth: Two persons or one?

“Most of what we think of as “ourselves” is not direct experience of the world, but a mental broadcast made of ideas, memories, media input, other people, jobs, roles, duties, lusts, hopes, fears.”

Roger Ebert on the film “Persona”

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