Persona (1966)

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It took me way too long to see this, but I’m glad I did.

As a technical masterpiece, Ingmar Bergman creates another cinematic genius, among many others. I’ve only seen The Seventh Seal before this, but it was emotionally wonderful.

Here’s the basic story: Bergman wrote and directed, where a young nurse named Alama is assigned to take care of an actress, Elisabet, who has suddenly become mute, even though she is seemingly healthy. Only one of them slowly unravels…

And it’s an Ingmar Bergman film. Can’t wait to watch The Hour of the Wolf, Wild Strawberries, The Passion of Anna, Through a Glass Darkly, etc. 

Really, really excellent. Spam on it’s way.

Short Reviews of Short Films

It’s Such a Beautiful Day

“The next thing you know you’re looking back instead of forward. And now, at the climax of all those years of worry, sleepless nights, and denials, Bill finally finds himself staring his death in the face, surrounded by people he no longer recognizes and feels no closer attachment to than the thousands of relatives who’d come before. And as the Sun continues to set, he finally comes to realize the dumb irony in how he had been waiting for this moment his entire life, this stupid awkward moment of death that had invaded and distracted so many days with stress and wasted time.”

After watching Don Hertzfeldt’s newest Oscar nominated short film in World of Tomorrow, and being completely blown away, I was very excited to check out more of his previous works and went into It’s Such a Beautiful Day with high anticipation. 

I’m sad to say that I was slightly disappointed. This film wasn’t nearly as funny as World of Tomorrow, and at times it was very jarring with it’s surreal sounds and visuals that it took me out of the film and I couldn’t really be invested as I wanted to be. I felt like it was teetering between being profound and pretentious. I kind of understand why those elements were included in the film, as it did it’s job portraying what our main character, Bill was going through. But it just didn’t sit right with me, nor was it as great as I expected, especially looking back at what he accomplished in just 16 minutes with World of Tomorrow. Yet despite how strange the short got, I still got a lot out of the film. The animation is fantastically hand drawn and the story definitely conveyed it’s philosophical themes and topics very well, when it came to the mundanities of life, death and living, similar topics to his latest short film.

As you can see, I can’t help but compare this to World of Tomorrow. Mainly because of how much I fell in love with it, and the hype that Hertzfeldt has gotten even prior to his nominated short. I still appreciate what this film did, and even though it didn’t produce the same mind blown feelings, a positive note for Hertzfeldt is that he is only getting better. Maybe with a rewatch this short will sit better with me. 7.5/10