Bibi Andersson
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
, Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
, Margareta Krook
Margareta Krook
Ingmar Bergman


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Persona is difficult to characterize in simple terms, but it may be helpful to describe this complex film as being an exploration of identity that combines elements of drama, visual poetry, and modern psychology. The central story revolves around a young nurse named Alma (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, a well-known actress named Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann). Elisabet has stopped speaking, and the attending psychiatrist treats the actress by sending her to an isolated seaside cottage under Alma's care. There the nurse, who must do all the talking for both women, becomes a little enamored of the actress. One evening Alma tells Elisabet about some exhilarating sexual experiences she once had and their unpleasant aftermath. Soon after sharing this confidence, the nurse reads a letter Elisabet has written and is shocked to learn that the actress thinks of her as an amusing study. The relationship between the women becomes tense, and they wound each other. Then Alma has a long dream in which her identity merges with that of Elisabet, but when the nurse awakes, both women have apparently come to at least temporary terms with their psychological problems. ~ All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
UPC: 0715515113410
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1A
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 11,525

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray; New visual essay on the film's prologue by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie; New interviews with actor Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Paul Schrader; Excerpted archival interviews with Bergman, Ullmann, and actor Bibi Andersson; On-set footage, with audio commentary by Bergman historian Birgitta Steene; Liv & Ingmar, a 2012 feature documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar; Trailer; New English subtitle translaton; One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Thomas Elsaesser, an excerpt from the 1970 book Bergman On Bergman, and an excerpted 1977 interview with Andersson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bibi Andersson Nurse Alma
Liv Ullmann Actress Elisabeth Vogler
Margareta Krook doctor
Gunnar Björnstrand Mr. Vogler
Jörgen Lindström Elisabet's Young Son

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Lars-Owe Carlberg Producer
Tina Johansson Makeup
Bibi Lindstrom Production Designer
Borje Lundh Makeup
Mago Costumes/Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
P.O. Pettersson Sound/Sound Designer
Ulla Ryghe Editor
Lars Johan Werle Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Persona
1. Prologue [7:14]
2. Mrs. Vogler's Situation [6:13]
3. Nurse Alma [6:04]
4. "A Fantastic Part" [2:37]
5. Seaside Stay [2:21]
6. A Good Listener [3:34]
7. Sunbathing [6:55]
8. "Go To Bed" [5:36]
9. Elisabet's Letter [2:55]
10. Broken Glass [4:02]
11. "Talk to Me" [6:42]
12. Rotten [5:56]
13. Night Terrors [6:09]
14. Elisabet's Little Boy [8:40]
15. "You Won't Get to Me" [4:59]
16. The End [3:55]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Persona: Live & Ingmar
1. Introduction [5:49]
2. Love [11:10]
3. Loneliness [9:27]
4. Rage [9:22]
5. Pain [13:58]
6. Longing [10:19]
7. Friendship [8:55]
8. Peace [15:12]

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