Persona 1966

Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

Our theme for this month will be “Personal Space”.


Its seems like one week ago it was still summer, & now the solstice has shifted & October is upon us. Fall has begun to assert itself. Enjoy the riot of Autumn colors soon to be at our door, in our yards, & in the abundance of forests that surround us. Yes, All Hallows Eve will soon be along to entertain us, but before then, the Tacoma Film Club wants you to enjoy some excellent films & fellowship. Join us this Friday for the screening of the Ingmar Bergman classic film, PERSONA (1966). Four years ago we enjoyed this film, now back to fit into a new theme.


This was Ingmar Bergmans 33rd film, & according to him it is one of his two best ones. He completed 63 movies from 1946-2007. He lived to be 89 years of age. In 2005, Time Magazine declared him to be “the world’s greatest filmmaker.”  Some of his films include SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (1955), THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957), WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957), THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960), THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY (1961), WINTER LIGHT (1963), THE SILENCE (1963), SHAME (1968), THE PASSION OF ANNA (1969), CRIES & WHISPERS (1972), SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (1973), & FANNY & ALEXANDER (1982).


Ingmar Bergman was quoted to say:

“Film as dream, film as art. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as much as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of our soul.”

“I write scripts to serves as skeletons awaiting the flesh & sinew of images.”


PERSONA (1966)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman @ 83 minutes.


The film stars Liv Uhllmann, Bibi Anderson, & Gunnar Bjornstrand.

Synopsis:  A celebrated actress goes mute while in the middle of a performance of ELECTRA. She retreats into silence. Her psychiatrist loans her a seaside cottage for the summer, & a nurse to accompany & attend her. During their time together, each is influenced by the other, creating a mysterious emotional mosaic of self discovery & survival.

Tagline: “One of the ten greatest films of all time.”


Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at a phenomenal 93% Critic’s  Approval & 94% Audience Approval–& yet it was not even  nominated for an Oscar, or a Golden Globe; go figure.


Roger Ebert wrote: “Most of what we think of as “Ourselves” is not direct experience of the world, but a mental broadcast made up of ideas, memories, media input, other people, jobs, roles, duties, lust, hopes, & fears. Elizabeth choses to be who she is, & Alma is not strong enough to choose not to be Elizabeth.”


In VARIETY we read: “Bibi Andersons’ distraught, knowing, naive, helpful & then resentful performance of the nurse is a tour-de-force, & Liv Ullmann has the right luminous, questioning, & sometimes impenetrable face for the part of the beauteous but mute actress.”

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Richard Brody of THE NEW YORKER wrote: “Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy with his characters, the objects close at hand, & the superb coastal landscape.”

So get out to the Grand Cinema to see our theatrical pick, LOVE IS STRANGE (2014), & mark your calendars for this Friday, 10/03/14. Join the Tacoma Film Club for our screening of Ingmar Bergman’s  classic film PERSONA (1966). Of course we will be showing it at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building we rent for our meetings & screenings, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from Group Health hospital.

Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m., & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fellowship, fun, & snacks. We are permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Please clean up after yourselves, & remember that there can be no food or beverages brought into the sanctuary. PERSONA will screen at 7:15 p.m. and it is 83 minutes long, so we should be finished before 9:30 p.m. Remember to turn off your cell phones before the feature. There is a donation box upstairs in the sanctuary. All monies are used by the Club to assist in renting the space, & other expenses. All donations are appreciated. See you at the movies!



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