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The only film made by both of the famous Bergmans, Ingmar and Ingrid, comes to DVD in a first-rate package by The Criterion Collection. Boasting a widescreen 1.66:1 image that faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio, the disc also presents the Swedish soundtrack in its original mono format, though it is Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are available. The supplemental features include a theatrical trailer and an outstanding, informative commentary track by film historian Peter Cowie. Woody ...
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Overview

The only film made by both of the famous Bergmans, Ingmar and Ingrid, comes to DVD in a first-rate package by The Criterion Collection. Boasting a widescreen 1.66:1 image that faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio, the disc also presents the Swedish soundtrack in its original mono format, though it is Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are available. The supplemental features include a theatrical trailer and an outstanding, informative commentary track by film historian Peter Cowie. Woody Allen fans note that this is the film that inspired his September.
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Special Features

Audio essay by noted film historian Peter Cowie; Original theatrical trailer; About the transfer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The first and only time Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman worked together for the screen, Autumn Sonata is an intense yet frequently overlooked family drama. It is excessively talky, and rightly so, with the two main protagonists holed up in a country estate after a seven-year separation to duke out their problems in a passionate dialogue. The tense mother-daughter relationship is deeply investigated, with Ingrid as Charlotte, the successful career mother, and Liv Ullman as Eva, the neglected and put-upon daughter. With a sickly sister struggling to survive in the next room, these actors stir up some heated emotions and stormy conversation. The scene where each woman performs Chopin on the piano is a moving portrait of the power exchanges at work in their relationship. Both actresses get a chance to expand on their usual film personas. As Eva, Ullman is typically timid before exploding with confrontational energy. Ingrid Bergman shows a darker emotional side as Charlotte, her classic beauty-queen face covered in tears and photographed in intimate close-ups. Diagnosed with terminal cancer right before shooting, she tinges the already brutally personal events with a mournful subtext. The look of the film is almost as stunning as the performances. Though it dates the film to the '70s, the earthtone colors of oranges, reds, and yellows are used throughout as an excellent thematic accompaniment to the melancholy mood of regret, pain, and catharsis. Made toward the end of Ingmar Bergman's career during his "chamber film" phase, Autumn Sonata marked the last theatrical appearance of Ingrid Bergman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2000
  • UPC: 037429126127
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Bergman Charlotte
Liv Ullmann Eva
Lena Nyman Helena
Halvar Björk Viktor
Erland Josephson Josef
Georg Lökkeberg Leonardo
Gunnar Björnstrand Paul
Eva von Hanno Nurse
Linn Ullmann Eva as a child
Ame Bang-Hansen Uncle Otto
Marianne Aminoff Charlotte's private secretary
Mimi Pollak Piano instructor
Knut Wigert Professor
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Anna Asp Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
J.S. Bach Score Composer
Frédéric Chopin Score Composer
Cecilia Drott Makeup
Katinka Farago Producer
Lew Grade Producer
Sylvia Ingemarsson Editor
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Inger Pehrsson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tommy Persson Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Starger Producer
Owe Svensson Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening credits [:16]
2. Introducing Eva [2:01]
3. Dear Mama [2:53]
4. Charlotte visits [1:28]
5. Catching up [2:02]
6. "I've thought of you...every day" [6:59]
7. A guilty conscience [2:37]
8. London calling [5:11]
9. Prelude no. 2 in A minor [2:19]
10. Charlotte plays [3:32]
11. The line between life and death [4:53]
12. ."..incapable Of Loving" [3:22]
13. Eva spoils Charlotte [4:11]
14. A touch in the night [3:25]
15. Revelation after dark [3:01]
16. Eva's childhood [4:36]
17. Charlotte's defense [7:00]
18. Hatred and silence [3:59]
19. Absent faces [8:04]
20. Suite no. 4 for cello in E-fla [4:53]
21. "Mama! Come!" [4:32]
22. Two meditations [4:07]
23. "It must not be too late" [4:40]
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Menu

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Play the Movie
   Menu Group #2 with 23 chapter(s) covering 01:32:41
Commentary
   Play Commentary
   Commentary Index
      Introduction
      The sonata form
      Two Bergmans, one movie
      Ingrid's affinity for Charlotte
      Death Scenes
      The secret in the attic
      Self-interrogation
      Ingmar's favorite color
      The purity of Chopin
      Repressed anguish
      A mother's rejection
      Sven Nykvist
      Little habits and routines
      Casting off sadness
      Distance between characters
      Ingmar's childhood
      Long Nordic nights
      Profession vs. family
      Life's crucible
      Tax woes
      Flexible dialogue
      Quest for identity
      Critical reactions
Languages & Subtitles
Theatrical Trailer
Color bars
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