“Persona” quotes

Movie Persona
Ingmar Bergman directed this movie in 1966
Title Persona
Year 1966
Director Ingmar Bergman
Genre Drama
Plot – Elisabet Vogler, a well-known actress, suddenly starts refusing to speak and falls into a long silence. A nurse begins taking care of her and telling her details of her private life. The woman's confessions become more and more intimate until the day when Elisabeth writes on a letter all the nurse's secrets. Between the two women starts a difficult relationship that almost ends up with an exchange of personalities. Alma, though, does not want to become as insensitive as Elisabeth and, even though she will never be able to forget her completely, she leaves and continue her job as a nurse.
All actors – Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jörgen Lindström
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  • “All the anxiety we bear with us, all our thwarted dreams, the incomprehensible cruelty, our fear of extinction, the painful insight into our earthly condition, have slowly eroded our hope of an other-wordly salvation. The howl of our faith and doubt against the darkness and silence, is one of the most awful proofs of our abandonment and our...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Bibi Andersson - Alma
  • “I wonder whether your madness isn't the worst kind. You act healthy, act it so well that everyone believes you--everyone except me, because I know how rotten you are.”

    Bibi Andersson - Alma
  • “The important thing is the effort, not what we achieve.”
    Gunnar Björnstrand - Mr. Vogler
  • “Is it really important not to lie, to speak so that everything rings true? Can one live without lying and quibbling and making excuses? Isn't it better to be lazy and lax and deceitful? Perhaps you even improve by staying as you are.”

    Bibi Andersson - Alma
  • “The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Margaretha Krook - The Doctor
  • “I understand why you don't speak, why you don't move, why you've created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you've left your other parts one by one.”

    Margaretha Krook - The Doctor
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