"Persona (1966)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

renowned Swedish film director Ingmar Filmed in 1966, Bergman's "Persona" is the third in my personal acquaintance with this filmmaker. Visits this was preceded by "From the Life of the Marionettes" (1980) and "Cries and Whispers" (1972). Topics raised in the two reel of film - a desperate loneliness and immense internal disorder successful at first glance, a person ( "From the Life of the Marionettes") and the theme of the terrifying indifference of loved ones, the reluctance and inability to respond to the love of another ( "Cries and Whispers") - are raised and . in "Persona»
The storyline begins with the story of the head physician of the hospital, which received a well-known actress Elizabeth Vogler, suddenly fell silent during the performance (it's worth noting that the game actress Electra - Hello, grandpa Freud, the psychoanalytic from the father and, in this case materenenavistnichestvo). More woman did not say a word, although surveys have shown that it is healthy both physically and mentally. For the patient puts the nurse Alma, which immediately begins to doubt his abilities (as can be seen, not in vain) to elicit a word from a vow of silence: "I'm afraid I can not do it. She decided to remain silent deliberately, and this requires tremendous strength of spirit. " Alma decides to send along with his patient in a house by the sea, in order to improve the state of Elizabeth. But Bergman does not let the viewer, without giving him any information about the characters. Initial knowledge is revealed in at least three episodes. Episode One - Elizabeth watching on TV footage of self-immolation. Woman in horror hammered into a corner, fear written on her face. She knows how to sympathize. Episode Two - Alma House is able to bedtime. Nurse desperately tries to convince herself that she likes her current life: "She was married to Charles-Henry, we'll have a lot of children, I will bring up. I have nothing to worry about. Everything is clear and simple. I also have a job, which I am happy that I like. Here, all is well. " More like a self-hypnosis, what contentment is happening. Episode third - a doctor talking to Mrs. Vogler before her departure to the sea. Here, the director did not Julita, and immediately puts into the mouth of the doctor the cause of Elizabeth's silence - she was tired of social masks and thinks that silence helps to avoid hypocrisy in her life, will stop playing the one character who is not. Actually with such ideas about characters faces and we go with them to the sea, where the main action takes place.
Being in such close proximity to each other, the women immediately get into a kind of crucible. They were only two, and the sea has to openness is much better than a hospital ward. The director reveals the inner worlds of the two women very differently. If Alma, bribed by the fact that her first real listen to (what is not the way to inspire confidence and human affection, listening to his problems?), Talking incessantly and frank as a confession, then Elizabeth for the film says only 3 times, however, its "cockroaches", we learn as much about the internal contradictions of Alma. In Mrs. Vogler at first glance, all is well - she is talented, beautiful, she does not have problems with self-realization, but there is a loving husband. What oppresses the woman? A huge guilt complex. Elizabeth did not completely insensitive, vain of her reproaches in this Alba. It can and is able to experience, compassion (footage of burning, photo boy, who instructed his gun; she eventually actress and manages to feel their roles). Her problem lies elsewhere - sympathetic to the other, it can not love your neighbor. This can be seen both in relation to her own child, and in relation to the nurse, who found something like a spiritual master in his silent soratnitse. Elizabeth "silent" and in love. To share part of his soul with those who adhered to it - above its forces. And so it is constantly changing guises -. A loving mother, wife, girlfriend, disguises of all his heroines
Differently presented to us Alma. She was flattered by society famous actresses, which is so attentive to her problems, listens and seems to understand them. Nurse so trusts his patient, even a little bit in love with her (rightly noted actress). Totally platonic, of course. And, of course, Alma can not survive treason from Mrs. Vogler, who blabbed her secrets. Outbreaks of aggression on the part of Alma, stage fights, and even fights fill the remaining time. The girl, who for obvious reasons attached to his patient, now the most naturally requires mutual love. But Elizabeth could not give her, she was frigid in the manifestation of feelings to the next located. Elementary apology would have led Alma to his senses, but his "Silence of Love" actress for her does not violate. And, of course, fell in love with a man who seems to be how to give hope for reciprocity, feels cheated, betrayed and used. Alma's anger more than understandable. Her experiences - human feelings, tried in vain to bring at least some reaction to the crumbling understanding. All attempts to Alma, meanwhile, get a word from Elizabeth to nothing lead. Except in one case. "No, do not" - she yells, litsezreem nurse with ladle boiling water. Only personal risk can cause a reaction in Elizabeth, even though Alma and his newfound friend narrated about things quite so personal - a random contact with the stranger and the subsequent abortion. This act in common Alma Elizabeth. That is why she calls "expose" after the scene that knows how to love - it is also a complex of guilt in relation to the child. That's why she's going to give birth to Karl Heinrich bunch of adorable brats. After a double speech Alma (fear confirmation) characters face are joined into one. This tells us that the director not only antogoniziruet is the ability to love and emotional frigidity, confession and silence, but also the fact that the manifestation and Alma, and she can live at a time in every man. Craving love can coexist with the inability to give this love, sincerity and confessional with a change of masks. And suffer those who so need our love. In this context, boy, stroking the screen looks tragic for the lack of real moms next (final frame).
Although it has been almost fifty years since the removal of the film, of course he does not lose its relevance, or the power of the impact on the viewer. The picture will become obsolete only when all polls will learn how to love and receive love, to understand each other without words and take in face masks near their present, and their defensive reactions. This, sadly, unlikely to happen.
10 of 10

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