Exquisite Resonance   Leave a comment

“At some time or other, I said that Persona saved my life—that is no exaggeration. If I had not found the strength to make that film, I would probably have been all washed up. One significant point: for the first time I did not care in the least whether the result would be a commercial success…”

It took me almost three years to completely understand what Bergman meant when he made such a statement. How can a movie or the thought process involved in it, save a person’s life?? It is only though sheer mental strength, absolute clarity of thought and being devoid of all fear, one can aspire to go beyond the horizon. Persona is expressed in such sublime beauty which I consider Bergman’s greatest gift to mankind.

Consequently, the obvious illustrious fact that can be unmistakably pointed out is that, all the masterpieces (art, movie, discoveries, quests) are invariably produced under the conditions “ I did not care in the least whether the result would be a  success” , these great personalities neither believe in recognition nor chase after fame, fortune. It is just pure passions poring out of souls without any definite purpose. On the contrary, the resultant is a masterwork.

… And inspired by this monologue,

I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being – not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don’t have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn’t play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn’t watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you’re forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you’re genuine or just a sham. Such things matter only in the theatre, and hardly there either. I understand why you don’t speak, why you don’t move, why you’ve created a part for yourself out of apathy. I understand. I admire. You should go on with this part until it is played out, until it loses interest for you. Then you can leave it, just as you’ve left your other parts one by one.

… And inspired by Bibi Andersson’s (Alma, The Nurse), Liv Ullmann’s (Elisabeth Vogler, The Actress)  mercurial performance,

The resultant is an Exquisite Resonance

Of, unmatched panache coupled with brilliance,
Of, unfathomable volumes of persistence,
Of, domineering presence in my quintessence,
Your thoughts trickle down into my existence
Like a refreshing monsoon rain!

References:
http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Or-Pi/Persona.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persona_%28film%29

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