Ingmar Bergman / Sweden 1966 / 1h21m / 35mm / Swedish with English subtitles
Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand.
Almost as revolutionary as 'A bout de souffle' in technical terms, 'Persona' sparkles as quite simply the richest and most multi-layered achievement of Bergman’s career. It starts with a stunning pre-credits sequence, and explores the tense, competitive relationship between a nurse (Bibi Andersson) and her patient, an actress (Liv Ullmann) who has suddenly stopped speaking for no apparent reason. Their personalities blend and blur in a bizarre osmosis, as the actress sinks her teeth – literally – into the flesh and spirit of her companion.