Sunday Morning! Persona by Ingmar Bergman


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling

    I feel like The Seventh Seal should be of the more approachable Bergmans. I’ve watched it a few times over the years, starting with a high school class in medieval history, but though there are parts I really enjoy, like Max von Sydow as the knight, it’s never really gelled for me.

    You make Persona sound fascinating, but I’m afraid seeing it directly, rather than through your eyes, would be similar.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to Mike Schilling

      I’m the same way with The Seventh Seal actually, and I am generally a big Bergman fan. It doesn’t quite click. I usually tell people to start with Wild Strawberries or Smiles of a Summer Night or even Winter Light, all of which are gorgeous films and deeply humane. The thing with Bergman too is you’ve probably seen his work filtered through other filmmakers like Woody Allen. Persona you’ve *almost* seen before if you’re fond of David Lynch. It’s just a little less weird.Report

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