Persona

Persona ★★★★★

Film #33/33 for Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19

What a fantastic way to end this challenge.

I went into this film with a huge expectations, and after watching it, I can wholeheartedly say that this film has fulfilled them. The film is brilliant. It’s very hard to put into words why, because I watched it for the first time, and I can’t really say what was happening on the screen, so I’ll try my best.
It’s very amazing when you see from where the greatest directors of the last few generations got their influence. Directors like David Lynch, Nicolas Roeg, Robert Altman, Woody Allen are just a few of them. Mulholland drive is probably my favorite film of all time. It has been just mind-blowing to see how much influence this film had on it.
Where to begin with praises for this film. 
The acting is brilliant. Bibi Andersson gave one of the greatest performances ever put on a screen. When an actor is capable to tell a story so convincingly, that you just start imagining a scene in which that mentioned story happens. You just forget that one person is narrating and you get sucked in. I think that's one of the greatest achievements actor can do in the film. Besides that, she switches between so many emotions so smoothly and convincingly, especially when she's looking straight to the camera. It would be unfair to not mention Liv Ullmann. She's on the par with Bibi. She's able to do so much with such a limited role. She doesn't speak for almost the whole film.
Editing is mesmerizing. It just can't be described with words. It has to be seen on the screen. Same goes for the cinematography. Also, lightning is spectacular. I don't think I ever saw such a good usage of white and black colors in the film.
I always loved films which you can interpret in so many different ways, and this film is definitely one of them. Literally, you can take any scene in the film, and you can make some meaning from it. What it wanted to say, why was specific lightning used in the scene, why was cut that way, why was shot that way and many other things. This film has definitely a huge re watch value.
Also, one minor thing. I think this film has profited a lot of its short runtime. This way the film is really well paced and it doesn't drag in any point. If it was any longer, there is a possibility in where that wouldn't be a case.


In the end, I think everyone should watch this film. Honestly, I would dare to say that this film is one of the most revolutionary films in the film history. It influenced so many fantastic generations of filmmakers and it's going to influence in the future. So, only just for that, this film deserves to be seen.

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