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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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Powerful Drama From Ingmar Bergman See more (54 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)
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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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Höstsonaten" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min | UK:92 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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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Trivia:
The "drivel" novel (by Adam Kretzinsky) that Charlotte reads has a picture of Ingmar Bergman on the back.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:
Charlotte Andergast:It's disgraceful how lazy I've been of life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Dinner with Andre (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Suite Nr 4, Ess-durSee more »

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53 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Powerful Drama From Ingmar Bergman, 27 February 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Writer/director Ingmar Bergman examines the strained relationship between a mother and daughter in `Autumn Sonata,' starring Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann. Eva (Ullmann) has not seen her mother, Charlotte (Bergman) in seven years; a successful concert pianist, Charlotte has spent a good portion of her life on the road, but after losing her long-time companion, Leonardo, Eva invites her to come to the parsonage where she and her minister husband, Viktor (Halvar Bjork), live, for an extended visit. Charlotte accepts, but soon after her arrival, old wounds and feelings begin to surface, and the film becomes an intimate character study of the life-long dysfunctional relationship between Charlotte and Eva, during which director Bergman intricately examines the causes and effects of all that has passed between them during their lives. It's an in-depth look at the emotional damage human beings are capable of inflicting upon one another, and how fragile the line between love and hate becomes when subjected to incessant neglect by even one of the parties involved. As the story unfolds and the principals bare their souls-- at last revealing a lifetime's worth of repressed feelings-- it becomes an emotionally devastating experience for the audience, as well, for there is much contained within the dynamics of this situation that most viewers will be able to identify with and relate to within their own lives. Ingmar Bergman is a Master of presenting life as it truly is; reality-- and portraying it on the screen-- is his domain, and throughout his career he has veritably created almost a genre of his own in doing so. With a microscope of his own design, he scrutinizes the basic instincts of the human condition, what makes people tick and how and why they relate to one another as they do. Much of what he presents is startling, and always emotionally involving, because he penetrates so deeply and succinctly into the heart of the matter, as he demonstrates so superlatively with this film. His methods and style are unique, his talent unequivocal; many others have attempted to capture the essence of that which Bergman has perfected, but few have succeeded. Interestingly enough, Liv Ullmann is one who, as a director, has probably come the closest to achieving that classic `sense' of Bergman, with her films `Private Confessions,' and `Faithless,' both of which were written by Bergman. In her role as Eva, Ullmann gives one of the best performances of her career, for which she should have at least been nominated for an Oscar; that she was not is nothing less than a gross injustice. She so skillfully conveys the depth and complexities of her character, and the differing emotional levels to which Eva is subjected, that it creates a lasting impression and makes her someone with whom it is easy for the audience to sympathize. It makes you realize, upon reflection, what a truly gifted actress Ullmann is. And, as good as Ullmann's performance here is, it is equaled-- though not, I would say-- surpassed, by Ingrid Bergman's portrayal (in her final theatrical appearance) of Charlotte; and in a renewal of faith that there is some justice in the world after all, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for it. In retrospect, it seems somehow inevitable that the two Bergmans came together at last, though it's somewhat lamentable that their career paths did not cross sooner. There is some consolation, however, in the fact that when they did finally join forces the result was such a powerful, memorable film. The supporting cast includes Lena Nyman (Helena), Gunnar Bjornstrand (Paul), Erland Josephson (Josef) and Linn Ullmann (Eva as a child). An intelligent, thought provoking and emotionally wrenching film, highlighted by outstanding performances and beautifully photographed by Sven Nykvist, `Autumn Sonata' is an example of filmmaking at it's best; it's a lasting tribute, not only to the immense talents of Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, but to Ingrid Bergman, one of the most beautiful and gifted actresses ever to grace the silver screen. I rate this one 10/10.

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