Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0715515110112
Original Release: 1978
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 22,494

Special Features

Disc one:; New 2K digital restoration; Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003; Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie; 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; English-dubbed track; New english subtitle translation; ; Disc two:; The making of "Autumn Sonata," a three-and-a-half-hour on-set documentary; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Autumn Sonata
1. Introducing Eva
2. Charlotte's Arrival
3. Helena
4. Unreasonable Dreams and Hopes
5. The Agent Calls
6. Chopin's Prelude No. 2 in A Minor
7. Countless Realities
8. Viktor's View
9. An Attempt at Understanding
10. Nightmare
11. Eva's Anger
12. An Unhappy Childhood
13. Defense
14. Hatred
15. Forgetting
16. Leonardo and Helena
17. No Escape
18. Forgiveness [5:11]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Beginnings [3:57]
2. Hollywood [12:32]
3. Roberto Rossellini [6:32]
4. Jean Renoir [1:18]
5. Autumn Sonata [2:58]
6. Questions From the Audience [12:01]
Disc #2 -- The Making of Autumn Sonata
1. Meeting: September 5, 1977
2. Reading: September 7, 1977
3. Rehearsal: September 12, 1977
4. Rehearsal: September 13, 1977
5. Piano Lesson: September 13, 1977
6. Makeup and Costume Test: September 12, 1977
7. Makeup Test: September 14, 1977
8. Dress Rehearsal: September 17, 1977
9. First Day: September 19, 1977
10. Press Conference: September 19, 1977
11. Ninth Day: September 28, 1977
12. Sixteenth Day: October 5, 1977
13. Eighteenth Day: October 7, 1977
14. Preparations: October 11, 1977
15. Twenty-Third Day: October 12, 1977
16. Twenty-Eighth Day: October 17, 1977
17. Twenty-Ninth Day: October 18, 1977
18. Ladies' Night: October 21, 1977
19. Thirty-Fifth Day: October 24, 1977
20. Afternoon Coffee: October 24, 1977
21. Forty-Second Day: October 31, 1977
22. Forty-Third Day: November 1, 1977
23. Forty-Ninth Day: November 7, 1977
24. Press Conference
25. Fiftieth Day: November 8, 1977

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