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Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
October 1978 (USA) See more »
A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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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99 min | UK:92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 | USA:PG (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:TV-14 (TV Rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Shot in Norway, during Ingmar Bergman's exile from Sweden due to an accusation of tax evasion.See more »
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 »
Charlotte Andergast:It's disgraceful how lazy I've been of life.See more »
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71 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
One of the very, very best, 21 January 2003
Author: ian_harris from London, England

This is one of the very best Ingmar Bergman films I have seen, and therefore one of the very best films.

Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman are simply amazing together as a mother and daughter combination from hell. Ingrid Bergman is terrific, despite a deliberately naff hairdo which makes her look like Queen Elizabeth II of the UK rather than the faded beauty she is. Liv Ullman also has visual nuances to enhance her character - the glasses, platted hair and jumpers enabling this beautiful woman to look frumpy.

The acting is simply amazing, even through the subtitles you can tell. Fortunately Scandinavian vocal nuance is similar enough to English to enable us non-Swedish speakers to appreciate the acting.

Of course, it has the Ingmar Bergman darkness to it. The sister with the horrible degenerative disease, the drowned toddler, the selfishness of the Ingrid Bergman character. If you get depressed along with the characters in films like this, you might be better off giving this one a miss.

But for those with a taste for this type of claustrophobic drama, this is one of the most powerful films you will ever see.

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