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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
October 1978 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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"A mother and a daughter... can you imagine a more terrible combination?" See more (56 total) »

Cast

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Ingrid Bergman ... Charlotte Andergast

Liv Ullmann ... Eva
Lena Nyman ... Helena
Halvar Björk ... Viktor
Marianne Aminoff ... Charlotte's private secretary
Arne Bang-Hansen ... Uncle Otto

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Paul

Erland Josephson ... Josef
Georg Løkkeberg ... Leonardo
Mimi Pollak ... Piano instructor
Linn Ullmann ... Eva as a child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva von Hanno ... Nurse (uncredited)
Knut Wigert ... Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  writer

Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvia Ingemarsson  (as Sylvia Ingmarsdotter)
 
Production Design by
Anna Asp 
 
Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson 
 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Katinka Faragó .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peder Langenskiöld .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ingeborg Kvamme .... props
Kaj Larsen .... props
 
Sound Department
Tommy Persson .... sound assistant
Owe Svensson .... sound mixer
Owe Svensson .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arne Carlsson .... still photographer
Lars Karlsson .... assistant camera
Charlie Nykvist .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gisela Bergquist .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Frans Brüggen .... musician: flute
Anner Bylsma .... musician: cello
Claude Genetay .... musician
Käbi Laretei .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Knut Andersen .... others who helped
Bo Andersson .... others who helped
Jon Arvesen .... others who helped
Jo Banoun .... others who helped
Daniel Bergman .... others who helped
Ingrid Bergman .... administrator
Gunnar Bøvollen .... others who helped
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... administrator
Kerstin Eriksdotter .... continuity
Demetrios Glavas .... others who helped
Lena Hansson .... production assistant
Jarle Hole .... others who helped
Bjarne Kjos .... others who helped
Hans Lindgren .... location manager
Nils Melander .... laboratory technician
Per Mørk .... others who helped
Percy Nilsson .... others who helped
Tom Olsen .... others who helped
Rolf Persson .... others who helped
Ulf Pramfors .... others who helped
Gunnar Sakshaug .... others who helped
Åse Seim .... others who helped
Caroline Von Rosen .... attributes
Ragnar Waaranperä .... others who helped
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Höstsonaten" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min | UK:92 min
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (2012) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2001) | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
As Ingmar Bergman was essentially exiled from his native Sweden because of an ongoing battle with the tax authorities, the film was financed by his West German company, Personafilm GmbH, and Lew Grade's ITC Film, and shot in an old film studio outside Oslo in Norway.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: In the dialogue scene where Charlotte is lying on the floor and Eva is sitting on the sofa behind her, the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the curtains when the camera pans to Eva for a few seconds.See more »
Quotes:
Eva:People like you are a menace. You should be locked away and rendered harmless.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.33" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Suite Nr 4, Ess-durSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
"A mother and a daughter... can you imagine a more terrible combination?", 20 July 2001
Author: Jon Kolenchak from Pittsburgh, PA USA

Ingrid Bergman as Charlotte, is a concert pianist visiting her daughter Eva, played by Liv Ullmann. They have not seen each other for 7 years. Charlotte's other daughter, Helena, is also living with Eva. Helena has a crippling disease, and at one time was living in some type of institution.

At first, everything is fine, as mother and daughter do their best to make each other as comfortable as possible. When left alone, they wonder about each other's expectations, but continue on.

Charlotte is a very talented, but completely self-absorbed woman. Eva is a frump. A sweet frump, but a frump nonetheless. At first, there are a few catty remarks exchanged, but the turning point is when Eva offers to play the piano for her mother. She works as hard as she can, but the music sounds contrived and unmusical. When she asks her mother to play the piece for her, Charlotte does the one thing that signaled to me that "the war was on". She laid down the music rack on the piano. (When pianists have a piece memorized, they do that to show the audience that they have no need for the printed music.) Charlotte, of course, plays beautifully (she could play no other way). However, the damage is done. Mother is successful, and daughter is a failure. Although the scene is dramatically pivotal, it did produce one of the few really funny lines in the movie. After Charlotte finishes playing, she says, "Well, I HAVE been playing these Chopin pieces for 37 years."

Charlotte's self-absorption is pretty amazing when you realize that her ill daughter was in an institution, then moved to Eva's house, and she had no idea that it happened. There are some other clues in the early part of the story that indicate she probably wished that her daughter Helena would have died long ago. Charlotte can be totally charming to her public, her agents, her fans... but has very little to offer her own children.

Eva is so desperate for love and affection from her mother that she seemingly misses the fact that her husband loves her very much. When Charlotte is awakened by a nightmare, she and Eva begin a late-night talk. And that is when the real nightmare begins.

At times this film is painful to watch, and at times is emotionally draining. Sven Nykvyst's cinematography is stunning. I thought this especially so in the flashback sequences, and in the scene close to the end of the film when Eva is in the cemetery.

Although not as perfect as The Seventh Seal, or Wild Strawberries, Autumn Sonata still has much to say, whether we feel comfortable listening to it or not.

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