Watching West Side Story this time I was struck by how progressive a film it actually was. This was my first time watching it as an adult, and naturally my impressions of it when I was a child were far more shallow - I wasn't even remotely cognizant of the racial issues at play. All that I remembered about it coming into the film is that most of the Puerto Rican characters were white people in brownface - even actual…
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When Lola (Franke Potente) picks up the phone at the beginning of the film she doesn't know what she's in for. She knows she was late to pick up her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) from fencing some illicitly-obtained diamonds, but what she doesn't realize is how much trouble he got into after she didn't show. Suddenly she's left with twenty minutes to conjure up DM 100,000 to save hey boyfriend's life.
What follows is a frantic race against time as…
Persona is one of those films that's spoken of in hushed tones. It's one of Ingmar Bergman's most renowned works, which puts it in company with films like The Seventh Seal and previous Movie of the Week Fanny and Alexander.
In Persona, Bergman is dealing with existential questions of identity and value of the self. Its two main characters Elisabet (Liv Ullmann) and Alma (Bibi Andersson) both are struggling with them, albeit in different ways. Elisabet has become so disturbed…