Film Series

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Persona

Part of True and False: Jeff Wall on Cinematography

Date + Time

Thursday, December 20, 2007
5:30 p.m.

Location

Phyllis Wattis Theater

Overview

1966, 85 min.
Direction: Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography: Sven Nykvist

The partnership between Bergman and Nykvist is perhaps the most famous one between a director and a cinematographer in the entire history of film. Persona centers on the relationship between two women spending days at a summer retreat on an island in Sweden: Elisabeth (Liv Ullmann) is an actress who has become unable to speak, and Alma (Bibi Andersson) is the nurse who cares for her and tells her stories. It's a scenario that yields deep, dark, and complex psychological meanings. Persona has become a landmark in the history of cinema, not least for the ways in which Bergman and Nykvist self-consciously foreground the very process of filmmaking.

Admission + Ticketing

$5 general, students, and seniors; free for SFMOMA members or with Museum admission (requires free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium). Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.

True and False: Jeff Wall on Cinematography is generously supported by the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.

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