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25th May '17 1:04:45 PM jamespolk
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* ImpaledPalm: One of the surreal inserts that opens and closes the film is a shot of a palm getting a nail pounded through it Jesus-style.
25th May '17 12:52:17 PM jamespolk
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%%* GainaxEnding

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%%* GainaxEnding* CreatorCameo: Bergman along with his cameraman right at the end.
* GainaxEnding: Alma and Elisabet packing up to leave, a ghostly Elisabet caressing Alma in the mirror, Alma leaving alone as Elisabet seems to have disappeared, brief shots showing Alma seemingly acting out the memory of a stage play that was Elisabet's. Then a shot of Ingmar Bergman filming the movie, and a shot of film running out of the camera and the arc light going out.
25th May '17 12:34:27 PM jamespolk
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* ImaginaryFriend: Although it's never really made clear in this MindScrew of a movie, it's eventually at least hinted that "Elisabet"--the character played by Ullmann, that is--is not real, and is actually a figment of the imagination of "Alma" (Andersson) who is the real Elisabet. Note the scene where Elisabet's husband shows up and calls Alma "Elisabet". Alma denies it at first but then starts talking to the husband like she actually is Elisabet. Meanwhile, the husband does not seem to perceive the presence of Liv Ullmann when she shows up in the scene. Note also how the camera cuts to Ullmann just as Alma, apparently in "Elisabet" mode, shouts "It's all just sham and lies!"

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* ImaginaryFriend: Although it's never really made clear in this MindScrew of a movie, it's eventually at least hinted that "Elisabet"--the character played by Ullmann, that is--is not real, and is actually a figment of the imagination of "Alma" (Andersson) who is the real Elisabet. Note the scene where Elisabet's husband shows up and calls Alma "Elisabet". Alma denies it at first but then starts talking to the husband like she actually is Elisabet. Meanwhile, the husband does not seem to perceive the presence of Liv Ullmann when she shows up in the scene. Note also how the camera cuts to Ullmann just as Alma, apparently in "Elisabet" mode, shouts "It's all just sham and lies!"lies!" This is also strongly implied towards the end with the famous RepeatCut address scenes--Elisabet as Alma addresses her, then a cut to Alma doing the talking, then a horrified Alma insisting that she is ''not'' Elisabet, then a shot with one half of each character's face joined together to make a whole.


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* ScareChord: Used a few times for disturbing imagery, like when half of Alma's face is put together with half of Elisabet's face to form one face.
25th May '17 12:05:13 PM jamespolk
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* ImaginaryFriend: Although it's never really made clear in this MindScrew of a movie, it's eventually at least hinted that "Elisabet"--the character played by Ullmann, that is--is not real, and is actually a figment of the imagination of "Alma" (Andersson) who is the real Elisabet. Note the scene where Elisabet's husband shows up and calls Alma "Elisabet". Alma denies it at first but then starts talking to the husband like she actually is Elisabet. Meanwhile, the husband does not seem to perceive the presence of Liv Ullmann when she shows up in the scene.

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* ImaginaryFriend: Although it's never really made clear in this MindScrew of a movie, it's eventually at least hinted that "Elisabet"--the character played by Ullmann, that is--is not real, and is actually a figment of the imagination of "Alma" (Andersson) who is the real Elisabet. Note the scene where Elisabet's husband shows up and calls Alma "Elisabet". Alma denies it at first but then starts talking to the husband like she actually is Elisabet. Meanwhile, the husband does not seem to perceive the presence of Liv Ullmann when she shows up in the scene. Note also how the camera cuts to Ullmann just as Alma, apparently in "Elisabet" mode, shouts "It's all just sham and lies!"
25th May '17 12:03:26 PM jamespolk
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* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: Apparently this is what happened to Elisabet. The stress of all the white lies people have to tell and the masks people have to wear drove her to stop talking to anyone.
25th May '17 12:02:24 PM jamespolk
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* MeltingFilmEffect: TropeCodifier at the least, as this is just one of the ways Bergman reminds you his movie is only a movie.
25th May '17 12:01:16 PM jamespolk
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%%* MindScrew

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%%* MindScrew* MindScrew: Just what the hell is going on here? Is Elisabet real? Are Elisabet and Alma the same person? What do the brief clips from some old slapstick silent comedy signify? Why is there a penis?
* MinimalistCast
25th May '17 11:58:24 AM jamespolk
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* ProsceniumReveal: Does this a couple of times, most notably at the very end when the camera pans away from the actors to show the crew who have been there all along, filming what's supposed to be two women isolated on an island.
25th May '17 11:57:14 AM jamespolk
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* RepeatCut: Does this with an entire scene: first, we see a monologue with the camera looking at the speaker, and then we see the exact same monologue again, this time with the camera focusing on who the speaker is talking to. Bonus points: this isn't a simple shot-reverse shot, this is an entire sequence, with each shot being a perfect mirror of the opposite angle for each corresponding shot.
25th May '17 11:54:14 AM jamespolk
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* ImaginaryFriend: Although it's never really made clear in this MindScrew of a movie, it's eventually at least hinted that "Elisabet"--the character played by Ullmann, that is--is not real, and is actually a figment of the imagination of "Alma" (Andersson) who is the real Elisabet. Note the scene where Elisabet's husband shows up and calls Alma "Elisabet". Alma denies it at first but then starts talking to the husband like she actually is Elisabet. Meanwhile, the husband does not seem to perceive the presence of Liv Ullmann when she shows up in the scene.
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