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Ingmar Bergman's Persona

Ingmar Bergman's Persona

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Lloyd Michaels, Birgitta Steene, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Susan Sontag, Christopher Orr, Steve Vineberg, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
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  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521656986

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  • Long held to be among the world's greatest filmmakers, Ingmar Bergman shaped international art cinema from the 1950s to the 1980s. Among his many works, Persona is often considered to be his masterpiece and is often described as one of the central works of Modernism. Bergman himself claimed that this film 'touched wordless secrets only the cinema can discover'. The essays collected in this volume, and published for the first time, use a variety of methodologies to explore topics such as acting technique, genre, and dramaturgy. It also includes translations of Bergman's early writings that have never before been available in English, as well as an updated filmography and bibliography that cover the filmmaker's most recent work.

    • Updated filmography and bibliography cover Bergman's most recent work
    • Specially selected frame enlargements illustrate specific points in the text
    • Includes reprint of Susan Sontag's famous review essay following the film's original release
    • Translations of Bergman's early writings never before available in English
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    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521656986
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Lloyd Michaels
    1. Bergman's Persona through a native mindscape Birgitta Steene
    2. Persona and the 1960s' art cinema Wheeler Winston Dixon
    3. Bergman's Persona Susan Sontag
    4. Scenes from the class struggle in Sweden: Persona as Brechtian melodrama Christopher Orr
    5. Persona and the seduction of performance Steve Vineberg
    6. Feminist theory and the performance of Lesbian desire in Persona Gwendolyn Audrey Foster.

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    Lloyd Michaels, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania

    Contributors

    Lloyd Michaels, Birgitta Steene, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Susan Sontag, Christopher Orr, Steve Vineberg, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

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