Persona

Persona ★★★★★

I have this in my collection but I re-watched it as part of a Filmstruck double feature with The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Poor Alma, beset by such projections and then betrayal! But she has a very human, petty little revenge doesn't she? www.youtube.com/watch?v=0agG_exzCN8 I remember the first time I saw this scene and how my breath was taken away by the exposure of it. They say this film was Bergman's response to the French New Wave, a sort of "see, I can do that too." But there is so much in this film that it became a well-spring from which much of modern cinema flowed. Imagine doing that with a story about two women living for a time at a beach house. I could and have watched this over and over again. The little boy, abandoned by his mother, has made great art of his pain and to say to her, "look at me, see me, I see YOU."