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

The film captures the attention. How else under these monologues, this acting? But the story line, its logic is sometimes inconsistent, deliberately "tune up" - it gives us the ground for the imagination and find their own meanings. Bergman himself saw this film the main and most important his work. Treated with great respect for the Swedish director, I'm the first minutes of viewing wondered: "What do you want me to say, a great artist, a subtle philosopher?" And I found for myself, or rather saw a subjective key to understand the picture - the prism through which is open it kinovyskazyvanie. So what is it? After the show, during the discussion expressed a variety of opinions, most popular of them: a film about the conflict between the individual and society, a film about inner conflict his own self and the shell, about the problems of motherhood and the psychology of relationships. I believe that all these reasons are taking place because a good novel, as well as multi-layered film-drama, and therefore nutritious for everyone. I saw another filling that pervades in "Persona" all of the above and other layers - the spiritual component. Psychology, conflict - yes ... but the best film director who pulled him out of the crisis ... Perhaps I was too subjective, but for me, "Persona" - it is also an acceptance of Bergman himself through the eyes of God. That is the scale of decent major artworks that could be more important? And what are we to picture points to such a conclusion? Well, firstly, those photos and video sequences, which seemed to us to discuss inexplicable, incoherent and not logical. Even a little naive to think on our side, that Bergman put in their way or simply to keep the audience awake. Perceiving a picture through the prism of prayerful soliloquy, the confession of the film content pictures and video inserts becomes bound and logical. On each inset depicts sacrifice for religious reasons. Note: the frame with a crucifix appears several times - none other than Christianity. And the Lamb that was slain - the same story. Next: Jewish ghetto, led to the shooting - killing because of their religious affiliation and, finally, one more act of sacrifice - Tibetan monks burning themselves in protest against the Chinese authorities. Offering himself as a sacrifice by reason of faith, for faith. With this sorted out, and now the most interesting, in my opinion - who the main characters in relation to each other? In my version: Elizabeth, I am God, the divine presence, and Alma - a person living soul. God comes to a man, he cares about him: Elizabeth Alma carefully pats on the head when she confesses to her in all the grievous sins, like a sinner before God. "I told you that no one told me" - says Alma. So more often than not and in our prayers. Elizabeth does massage Alma, gives her glasses, teaches smoking - strongly cares about her, build peace in her soul, without a word, but only present in her life. What happens next? Elizabeth was silent, but Alma has not enough, she wants to hear answers to their prayers. It requires dialogue, and when not waiting, then angry, resentful people like to "silence" of God, though He is not silent. Liv Ullmann is so expressive that only at the end of the film, I realized that the shape of its entire film - a solo performance, but in fact - the dialogue, because the silence of God allows us to consider ourselves as in a mirror. What happens to the heroine of Bibi Andersson in the literal and figurative sense. A scene where Elizabeth comes into the bedroom to Alma - like a vision of angels. Alma resents Elizabeth after reading the letters. But it is interesting that the same religious tradition today communicates to us the Creator. We pray and receive the answer in His Word, the letters of the Apostles. Elizabeth writes without anger, with love that it amuses Alma's concerns about frivolous and nothing is no longer meaningful things. And it's true - that Alma can not accept, it seems that the "friend" laughs at her and easier to take offense at it, than to accept the truth about yourself, look objectively in the mirror of life, to change the attitude towards it ... Here
another reason why Bergman me hints on Christian prism of perception: Alma hearts speaks against Elizabeth: "You're an actress, I thought that your essence - to serve others, to sacrifice themselves for the sake of others" Again messianic motifs child theme in the movie. "And he gave his only begotten Son ..." That is, God the Father sacrificed Son, Elizabeth also was ready to sacrifice the Son to be an actress -. To serve others. Though they have different motives. I only point out those lines which were formed for me, in a statement, the search for spiritual meaning in the film by the director or me.
Well, finally, the Word. The meaning of "word" is very large in the Gospel traditions. The second name of Christ - the Word of God, as His message called "the Word." "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" - the apostle John writes. Maybe more so Elizabeth was silent. Because the Word - it's too much. And when Christ (God's Word) were to be crucified, the prophet Isaiah describes it this way: "He was oppressed, but suffered voluntarily and did not open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth
His. "Maybe this film was a personal Golgotha, or the cross by himself Ingmar Bergman, the work on which he reached the very crucifixion - acceptance of self and God, and then rose again on the third day, relatively speaking. Not for nothing, we repeat frame crucified without a face palm and accessories. It can be hand Bergman, palm viewer, anyone who in the same way. Bergman stated that the film raised him to life. And the acceptance or rejection of God Bergman seems to me that lasted all his life, and, as in other paintings of this motif is felt. No wonder the "persona" of the heroine merge into one point. Maybe it was a way of divine adoption through awareness of themselves and their need for Him. Like Alma, having stayed for some time with Elizabeth, already can not live without her and runs after her along the rocky shore. The most wonderful phrase in the film - these are the words of Alma (approximately): "If only I were you, and you me! But you've got more than my soul, and if you become me, that your soul would still stuck out from everywhere! "Just as God sticks out anywhere from one who has found a world in relationship with Him.)

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