Tag Archives: Persona

Happy Birthday, Bibi Andersson

It was my great honor to write and narrate a video-essay last year for The Criterion Collection about Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann’s collaboration – both separately and together – for Bergman: Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson, Sisters in the … Continue reading

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Good artists borrow …

… great artists steal, and etc. and so forth. Moonlighting, 1982, d. Jerzy Skolimowski Persona, 1966, d. Ingmar Bergman     Thank you so much for stopping by. If you like what I do, and if you feel inclined to … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bibi Andersson

From David Thomson’s The New Biographical Dictionary of Film : Expanded and Updated , the entry on Bibi Andersson: “She needed such a holiday to prepare for one of the most harrowing female roles the screen has presented: Nurse Alma … Continue reading

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For Criterion: On Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson

The beginning of a series of videos for the Criterion Collection, written and narrated by Yours Truly, on Ingmar Bergman’s collaborations with actresses. This was a major project for me, and it was an honor to pay tribute to these … Continue reading

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June 2018 Viewing Diary

This viewing diary is amusing to me,. This month has been so full, with mostly bad things (the world/national situation as well as some family awfulness) … and I got a gig early in the month which then took up … Continue reading

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20 most surprising female performances (Part 2)

Here is Part 1 of the series, great conversation going on in the comments. Join in! HEDY LAMARR, Comrade X Hedy Lamarr, is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful women in the history of cinema. Cameramen fell all … Continue reading

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Great Mad Women in Cinema

Some of these women probably would not qualify for a diagnosis from the psychiatric profession. And perhaps their madness is actually a heightened level of sanity, as is often the case. Nevertheless, they are mad. Wonderfully mad.

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Bibi Andersson in Persona

A wonderful essay: thoughts on her face, and her unbelievable performance in Persona.

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R.I.P. Ingmar Bergman

A compilation of links but I’m sure the tributes will be far and wide. Keith has some screenshots here. He was 89. Remarkable. A remarkable artist. Here’s the one post I’ve written about a Bergman film. Time to ponder what … Continue reading

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Weekend snapshots

— I washed my walls. They are a lovely pale yellow color and I was horrified at how black my damn Melaleuca cloth was when I was done. City air. Filthy. Invisible and filthy. Horrors. I cleaned like a whirling … Continue reading

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