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Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte Ingrid Bergman is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva Liv Ullmann, the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While ...
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Overview

Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte Ingrid Bergman is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva Liv Ullmann, the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While Charlotte and Eva struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf between them. Eva resents her mother for not caring enough for her as a child, feeling that Charlotte was more interested in her career and her other daughter, Helena Lena Nyman, who is severely handicapped and can only communicate through inarticulate noises. Charlotte, on the other hand, is uncomfortable with the fact that Helena now lives with Eva, and she is still coming to terms with the emotional devastation of her husband's recent death. Herbstsonate, released in America as Autumn Sonata, earned Ingrid Bergman some of the most enthusiastic acclaim of her career; she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and she won the same honor from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. It was also her last theatrical release; she would appear in only one more project, a TV movie about the life of Golda Meir, before her death in 1982.
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Special Features

Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003 Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie The Making Of "Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour on-set documentary New interview with actor Liv Ullmann Conversation between actor Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London from 1981 Trailer
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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: 9/17/2013
  • UPC: 715515110013
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 13,674

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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