Persona

Persona ★★★★

Ingmar Bergman's Persona, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, was my pick for this weeks film club. It's a film I've long heard praise for and been recommended countless times for its similarities to Fight Club, so what better way to start Bergman's filmography than with the film many call his masterpiece. 

I'm not nearly qualified enough to analyse or even act like I fully understood Persona, because I didn't, but I can say with certainty that Persona is an interesting enigma of an art film, filled with brief sequences of strange imagery and shots in which the actresses stare directly at the camera as it flickers in and out of focus, creating a clear reminder to the viewer that they are watching a movie. The ambiguous nature of this work discussing identity and duality, alongside its technical feats in cinematography and brilliant direction allow it to explore the human condition with intense curiosity, immense technical skill, and beguiling warmth that cerements Persona as a gorgeous, confusing film that's as much about watching films as it is a psychological character study, with both Andersson and Ullmann giving towering, absolutely perfect performances within that truly captured me in the film. 

It's an intriguing and thought-provoking example of the art of film, and even though you aren't likely to understand it completely, I certainly didn't, it's made for a very interesting experience that's unique, minimalist setting, high calibre performances and surrealistic imagery creates a film that deserves repeated viewings and one that deserves to be seen for its psychological point of view.

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