Archive for April, 2011
In this typically close-up shot from iGMAR BERGMAN’S Persona (1966), LiV ULLMANN shares a moment of intimacy with BiBi ANDERSSON. ANDERSSON plays a young nurse, and ULLMANN her patient, a successful actress who has withdrawn into silence. I saw Persona on late-night television years ago, and its an psychologically complicated study of two women. It was also a turning point in ULLMANN’S movie career. Before she met director iGMAR BERGMAN, who offered her the part of ELiSABETH VOLGER, she had only minor film credits to her name. She became an internationally recognized actress through the films she made with him: The Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Face to Face (1976), and Autumn Sonata (1978). In these films ULLMANN really did create complex, emotionally strained portraits of contemporary women.