Persona

Persona ★★★★

Bergman's direction is exquisite in its sophistication, at once stylized, minimal, and gorgeous. In under 90 minutes the film is incredibly dense and surreal, as much about watching films as it is a character study that touches on melancholy, trauma, desire, regret and trust. It is an experience I obviously didn't fully understand, and perhaps never completely will, but there is an immediate sense of quality despite its radical nature. Its commentaries on identity and morality are simultaneously profound and difficult to embrace, and it presents itself in an arthouse style that conveys an actual sense of impact rather than simply fulfilling the role of a cheap novelty.

And just to quickly touch on its tremendous influence, Fincher obviously took a whole lot of notes from this in making Fight Club - including the penis shot spliced into a single frame.

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