Friday, August 10, 2018


Below are a few more obvious (and not-so obvious) references to some of my all-time favorite moving images courtesy of Ingmar Bergman's Persona (along with a few quotes from the possibly influenced directors themselves).


I’m sure Ingmar Bergman did not influence Cheryl Dunye's Watermelon Woman (I did tag her in this post on twitter so perhaps she can chime in. I mean - movie references and video stores do play a big part in her film). But the visual similarities (along with Bergman's exploration of sexuality) is quite the coincidence.
Persona / The Watermelon Woman

BFI: What filmmakers have influenced you in making your Alien films?

Ridley Scott: Mostly Kubrick, but then along the way you’ve gotta take on board [David] Lean, you’ve gotta take on board [Akira] Kurosawa and
[Ingmar] Bergman.

Persona / Bladerunner

Person / Bladerunner

Persona / Freeze Frame

Persona / Always Shine

Persona / Always Shine

Nicolas Winding Refn is on record saying he's never seen Persona but this is a pretty interesting comparison nonetheless (although I find it hard to believe a self-proclaimed cinephile like Refn has never seen Persona)
Persona / Fear x

If I can’t watch a film like Persona and realize, Oh, Ingmar Bergman is an originator and I’m a synthesist, then I don’t know what I’m doing. Part of knowing what you’re doing is understanding, Okay, I can’t drive the lane. But I can shoot from the outside. - Steven Soderbergh
Persona / Sex, Lies & Videotape

Persona / Sex, Lies & Videotape

I wrote a lot of fan letters to Bergman... - Lars Von Trier
Persona / The Orchid Gardener

Person / Mullholand Drive / Blue Is The Warmest Color / Carol


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