This December, The Frida Cinema presents four film classics by acclaimed director, writer, and producer Ingmar Bergman: Wild Strawberries (December 2, 3 & 4), Persona (December 5 & 6), The Seventh Seal (December 10 & 11), and Fanny and Alexander: The Complete Version (December 12, 13 & 16).
With his radical 1966 film Persona, Bergman – who had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images – invoked striking new levels of artistry and visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema’s most influential creations. Acted with astonishing nuance, and shot in stark contrast and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 1966. 83 minutes. Not Rated. Presented in Swedish, with English subtitles.
Wednesday, December 5 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Thursday, December 6 – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
“★★★★. One of the screen’s supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman’s finest film.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
“★★★★. A film we return to over the years, for the beauty of its images, and because we hope to understand its mysteries.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Bergman at his most brilliant.” – Derek Adams, Time Out