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Cmlt280 final - PERSONA A young nurse Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not

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PERSONA A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona. Persona begins with a montage of clips of silent films , scenes of film running through a reel, pictures of various things including an erect penis, a film of a sheep being killed with a knife, a film of a nail being hammered into a hand and several still pictures of seemingly dead or unmoving corpses lying under white sheets. The montage ends with a film of a young boy on a hospital bed reading a Swedish version of A Hero of Our Time and then holding his hand out to a blurred image of a woman’s face. What follows is a fairly straightforward narrative about a young nurse, Sister Alma who is charged with taking care of a patient, the stage actress Elisabet Vogler who has stopped talking to anyone following one of her performances of the play Electra . The head doctor suggests that Alma take the actress to the doctor’s summer house for her further recuperation. Several days and nights follow where the nurse Alma talks about herself at first but then proceeds to talk about the actress instead and eventually this leads to her mental breakdown, which includes harming herself physically and slapping the actress. The negative shift toward Elisabet Vogler begins when Alma, who is delivering mail for the actress to the hospital, reads a letter by the actress about Alma. In the letter Vogler writes how she is enjoying studying Sister Alma and how the nurse seems to be in love with her; she also mentions some private stories that Nurse Alma shared with her, including the nurse’s abortion with a past married lover and a sexual tryst that the nurse engaged in on a beach with another woman and two boys. The actress is always silent. Near the end of the film Vogler’s husband appears at the house and approaches and speaks to Sister Alma as if she was Elisabet. At first the nurse resists but then begins to answer as if she was the 1
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actress. Elisabet Vogler watches from behind them. The husband and Alma are then shown in bed next to the actress. Following this scene Alma and Elisabet are once again alone in the house. Alma finds Elisabet covering a picture of a young boy under her hand on the kitchen table. The nurse then begins to narrate a story of the birth of Elisabet’s son in which the actress hates herself for becoming pregnant and giving birth and then hates the baby and wishes it were dead. The scene ends with the faces of the two women merging on the screen into one another. The film ends with the two women parting ways as if nothing happened; Alma packs up the
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course CMLT 280 taught by Professor Bryne during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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Cmlt280 final - PERSONA A young nurse Alma is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects but will not

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