Focus – 100 Years of Ingmar Bergman.
30th March | 07:00 PM
Director of Photography: Sven Nykvist
Synopsis: Elisabet Vogler is a famous actress. In the middle of a performance of Electra, she falls silent. Even prolonged treatment at a psychiatric clinic fails to make her speak. The doctor in charge suggests to her nurse, Alma, that she should spend some time in isolation on the coast with their patient. Faced by the obstinate yet also sympathetic silence of Elisabet, Alma begins to tell her more than she should. Impressed by the physical resemblance between the two of them, she even identifies herself, subconsciously, with the actress. But the friendship is disturbed when Alma discovers from an unsealed letter to the doctor that the actress is observing her coolly and amusedly. Alma now becomes almost hysterical, trying to project her own feelings of guilt and anguish on to Elisabet, urging her wildly to speak. Back at the clinic, Alma breaks down after a final outburst…
My art cannot melt, transform, or forget: the boy in the photo with his hands in the air or the man who set himself on fire to bear witness to his faith. I am unable to grasp the large catastrophes. They leave my heart untouched. At most I can read about such atrocities with a kind of greed – a pornography of horror. But I shall never rid myself of those images. Images that turn my art into a bag of tricks, into something indifferent, meaningless – Ingmar Bergman
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