For the first week of May of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We venture into the world of clones/doppelgangers where it is about identity and who people are and such. Even if that person wants to be this person or to be cloned as that one. Here are three films that I pick on this subject:
Ingmar Bergman’s film about a nurse taking of a traumatized actress who has become mute might not fit in with the subject but it does play into the world of identity as well wanting to be someone. Starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullman, the film is definitely one of the most challenging as Andersson’s nurse character would embody the personalities of Ullman’s actress character that she is caring for and vice versa as if they become one person. It’s a very challenging film but certainly a must-see for anyone who wants to explore the works of Ingmar Bergman.
2. 3 Women
In one of two films that was directly inspired by Persona, Robert Altman’s 1977 film is about two women with very different personalities who live together in Los Angeles working at a health spa. With Sissy Spacek as this newcomer who would become Shelley Duvall’s roommate/co-worker,
Spacek’s shy character would take on the many aspects of Duvall’s character by living a little dangerously with Duvall taking on some of Spacek’s personalities. It’s one of Altman’s finest films as it doesn’t just go deep into this idea of doppelgangers but also identity.
3. Mulholland Dr.
The second film that was obviously inspired by Persona is a much stranger film where if one paid attention to the narrative. They wouldn’t think it is about doppelgangers but the film’s narrative would change completely in its third act as it is about identity. Laura Elena Harring’s character is this amnesiac movie star who has no idea who she is as she calls herself Rita where she would later take on a blond wig to look like her new friend Betty who is played by Naomi Watts. The third act is a complete mind-fuck where it changes everything that was previously seen as it definitely play into the world of doppelgangers and who these women want to be. In many ways, Betty is a doppelganger of another woman while Rita is the doppelganger of the actress. This is all part of a strange world that David Lynch has created as it is remains his best film to date.
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