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Persona and Shame

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Bergman brings together in one volume two of his searing film scripts, both of them studies in human decay and erosion. Persona follows the gradual degeneration of two distinct personalities: Alama, an apparently well balanced and extrovert nurse, and Elisabeth, an actress in the throes of a nervous breakdown. Shame charts the collapse of humane social values in a war-ravaged country.

This edition contains Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical statement, 'The Snakeskin', written for the presentation of the Erasmus prize in Amsterdam in 1965.

Published: Mar 1, 2002


He shows cinema at both its most humane and its cruelest.
The Guardian