Title: PERSONA AND SHAME: THE SCREENPLAYS OF INGMAR...
Publisher: London, England: Calder And Boyars, 1972
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 191 pages. Published in 1972. Collection of two screenplays. Two of the greatest films of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, including the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" and "Shame" in a felicitous English translation. Possibly the greatest film of the 20th century (against which all other films must be judged and found worthy or wanting) together with one of the greatest anti-war films ever made. Unlike most filmscripts, they are being made available in book form because they constitute a literary as well as cinematic achievement. Since Shakespeare, the central element of narrative art has been the character: A story is always the empathetic story of a particular human being. Ingmar Bergman's achievement in "Persona" is to re-invent the idea of character as a presence who is also an absence, a radical departure from Shakespeare, as exemplified by the loquacious, theatrical, and omnipresent Hamlet, Shakespeare's greatest creation. Unlike Hamlet, Elizabeth Vogler (played by Liv Ullmann, in a stunning debut) adamantly refuses to speak, remains defiantly silent from the beginning to the end of the film, a presence who is an absence at the same time. Through "Persona", Ingmar Bergman found his full cinematic voice, which enabled him to make films that ask the great philosophical questions (What does it mean to be? What is God? What is a human being? Why do we suffer? Why is it so difficult for us to communicate with one another? What is happiness? Why must we die? ) from the standpoint of an artist instead of a philosopher. Based on a profoundly simple insight, the magnitude of his achievement cannot be overestimated and is matched (but not surpassed) by only three other film artists: Akira Kurosawa, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Robert Bresson. He helped make cinema the central art of the latter-half of the 20th century, ushering in a Second Golden Age, even if it lasted for only twenty-five years at the most. Ingmar Bergman died on July 30, 2007 at the age of 89, an irreplaceable loss to world culture (Antonioni died on the same day a few hours later, at the age of 94). Given the abysmal state and irreversible decline of contemporary cinema, there are no words to describe the loss of its single greatest figure. "The greatest film artist since the invention of the motion picture camera" (Woody Allen). The book is prefaced by Bergman's Acceptance Speech ("The Snakeskin") upon receiving the Erasmus Prize in 1965, the most prestigious cultural award after the Nobel Prize. An absolute "must-have" title for Ingmar Bergman collectors. These titles are great films. This is one of very few copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws or are the Softcover Edition. A rare copy thus. The greatest film director of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER INGMAR BERGMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0714507563. Bookseller Inventory # 12720
Ingmar Bergman is still the doyen of cinema. He is known for masterpieces of controlled human emotion, exploring every facet of the personality in relentless detail. He wrote: "I had the possibility of corresponding with the world around me in a language that is literally spoken from soul to soul."
These two screenplays, liberally illustrated with production stills featuring actors, including his favourite actress, ex wife, Liv Ullman, are classics of the screen. They will be sought after by film students, and lovers of his films, New interest in Bergman is being generated by the recent release of Faithless, Liv Ullman's 2001 masterpiece, with a screenplay by Bergman.
Born in Sweden in 1918, Ingmar Bergman is still contributing to his canon of work.
About the Author: Born in Sweden in 1918, Ingmar Bergman is one the great names in post-war cinema. During the 1960s and 1970s he rose to international prominence with such films as Through A Glass Darkly, The Communicants and The Silence, the scripts for which are available in A Film Trilogy (0-7145-0240-5) published by Marion Boyars in 1989.
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