quarta-feira, 9 de abril de 2014

Persona (1966)

It's fair to say that Ingmar Bergman is one of the most masterful directors in movie history and arguably the farthest of where pure art in cinema can go. A long career that travels through many genres, but always focusing on the human side of its protagonists. Persona is for many Bergman's best film, where a nurse is charged of taking care of an actress who suddenly stopped talking. It is a complex work that can be described as visual poetry, exploring beyond the situational drama of these two women. The purity of Persona's image is so simple and intense that it leads its audience to a maze of sensations rarely felt in a movie as we observe the characters movement, followed by the camera movement, and as all the physical elements come together on screen to create unique pictures that will reach you, always aided by the incredible power of Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson's acting. It is a technically perfect movie. On the content side, it is no secret that what we are watching is the puzzling state of the human mind. On that specific point, it feels that Persona pretends to be more complex that what it actually is. Despite technically perfect, Persona is not a movie that relates to its audience. It is most of all an exercise of art, presented through a psychological content that ultimately does not fully succeed at supporting the technical part. It feels that Bergman wanted to amaze its audience by presenting visually the complexity of the human mind, and we don't fully accept that link, even if Persona is without a doubt one of the most artistic movies ever made.


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