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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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(42 articles)
Calvary
 (From Scorecard Review. 11 August 2014, 2:30 PM, PDT)

Afs Essential Cinema Preview: Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, Painfully Connected
 (From Slackerwood. 30 June 2014, 11:30 AM, PDT)

Film Review: ‘Trespassing Bergman’
 (From Variety - Film News. 19 February 2014, 5:12 PM, PST)

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A Bergman Masterpiece 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
 
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
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Final theatrical feature film of actress Ingrid Bergman.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:There can be no forgiveness.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Cuentos eróticos (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Suite Nr 4, Ess-durSee more »

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44 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
A Bergman Masterpiece, 22 December 2000
Author: bdpennington from Atlanta, GA

Generally, either "Seventh Seal" or "Persona" is the film that a critic will name if s/he is stuck with the task of naming Ingmar Bergman's greatest achievement. A couple others might be named, but rarely do you hear a critic espouse the brilliance of "Autumn Sonata."

The first thing I noticed about this film is that it is, like "Cries and Whispers," nothing less than a painting. The textures, the warm reds and the close-ups of the faces of wounded souls, all combine to make the viewer realize that s/he is witnessing High Art.

Then there's the shot of Liv Ullman's wounded profile as she stares at her mother, Ingrid Bergman, while mother shows Liv how the Chopin piece should be played. It is an eloquent scene. Truly heartbreaking and unforgettable. One can feel Liv's pain begin to show itself: it is the painful shame of inadequacy and mediocrity made all the more shameful because it is mother inspiring these feelings in her.

Later, it's Liv's cruelty toward her mother in that unforgettable late night diatribe.

And finally, it's Liv's crippled sister and Ingrid's disgust at the thought that not only did mediocrity crawl out of her womb, but so did deformity and suffering.

The film is bleak (obviously) and the resolution is only slightly hopeful. It is however a masterpiece -- a film that reveals that what the world needs now is not Love, as the song proclaims, but Compassion and Grace. Liv Ullman is the only actress who can say these things without opening her mouth. Ingmar Bergman is the only filmmaker who can make a seemingly banal story into an eloquent prayer for redemption and reconciliation.

(CAUTION: Dont take mom to see it on mother's day ... unless...)

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