By the mid-sixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema's most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays an actress who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema's most influential ideas. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark shadows and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth.
New visual essay on the film's prologue by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie
New interviews with actor Liv Ullmann and filmmaker Paul Schrader
Excerpted archival interviews with Bergman and actors Bibi Andersson and Ullmann
On-set footage, with audio commentary by Bergman historian Birgitta Steene
Liv & Ingmar, a 2012 feature documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar