Bibi Andersson and Live Ullman in ‘Persona’
This week I was asked by Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at National Film and Television School (NFTS) to introduce a screening of Bergman’s Persona at the National Film Theatre Southbank, London.
It’s taking a liberty telling an audience how to view a film minutes before seeing it.
I prefer to give them a perspective, often by referring to the director’s other work. I talk primarily about form and style, sometimes about subjects that recur. I try to keep it simple. The film’s the thing.
Here is a recording of the event, montaged with a few slides:
The film was shown as part of the NFTS ‘Passport to Cinema’ season – a continuous and comprehensive overview of every facet of cinema, from its beginnings to the present day.
I will be giving introductions to two great films at the National Film Theatre at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank next month:
La Ronde: Monday 2 September
Max Ophul’s masterpiece – an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial play Reigen.
Persona: Monday 23 September
Ingmar Bergman’s highly influential minimalist work. Considered by some as one of the 20th Century’s greatest works of art.
Passport to Cinema
The films appear as part of the National Film and Television School’s Autumn 2013 ‘Passport to Cinema’ season – the theme of which is Masquerade! Cinema and its Masks.
The screenings are open to the public and National Film and Television School students.
For current ticket prices, reservations and further information visit the BFI website – http://www.bfi.org.uk.
The Passport to Cinema schedule and accompanying essays are published on the NFTVS website.