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Autumn Sonata

Ingmar Bergman

 
Autumn Sonata (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Sweden
  • 1978
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #60

Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca. The grand dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat for beat in ferocity by the filmmaker’s recurring lead Liv Ullmann, as her eldest daughter. Over the course of a day and a long, painful night that the two spend together after an extended separation, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship. This cathartic pas de deux, evocatively shot in burnished harvest colors by the great Sven Nykvist, ranks among Ingmar Bergman’s major dramatic works.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman from 2003
  • Audio commentary featuring Bergman expert Peter Cowie
  • The Making of “Autumn Sonata,” a three-and-a-half-hour program examining every aspect of the production
  • New interview with actor Liv Ullmann
  • A 1981 conversation between actor Ingrid Bergman and critic John Russell Taylor at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Trailer
  • English-dubbed track
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme


New cover by Robert Hunt

Film Essays

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Autumn Sonata: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters

By Farran Smith Nehme September 16, 2013

Ingmar Bergman plumbs the depths of a fractured family and gives Ingrid Bergman a shocking star role. Read more »


Film Essays

Autumn Sonata

By Peter Cowie December 31, 1999

As a tour de force of screen acting, Autumn Sonata stands unchallenged as the finest work of Ingmar Bergman’s last few years as a movie director. Fanny and Alexander may have won the Oscars, but . . . Read more »

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Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore October 03, 2013

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Film Essays

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Autumn Sonata: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters

By Farran Smith Nehme September 16, 2013

Ingmar Bergman plumbs the depths of a fractured family and gives Ingrid Bergman a shocking star role. Read more »


Clippings

Liv Remembers Ingmar

October 09, 2009

More than two years after Ingmar Bergman’s death, his muse Liv Ullmann is still bursting with stories about the Swedish director. In a poignant and insightful profile by Diane Solway in this . . . Read more »


News

Ingmar Bergman’s Belongings Sold at Auction

September 29, 2009

In Stockholm, an auction of personal belongings from the estate of the great director Ingmar Bergman has just ended. The items ranged from parts of his daily life—his writing desk and . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Salute to Liv Ullmann

By Peter Cowie December 15, 2008

Flash back to September 1968. The Swedish Film Week in Sorrento, Italy, with its alfresco suppers and its excursions to Capri and Pompeii. Ingmar Bergman was expected, and he and Liv Ullmann . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Autumn Sonata

By Peter Cowie December 31, 1999

As a tour de force of screen acting, Autumn Sonata stands unchallenged as the finest work of Ingmar Bergman’s last few years as a movie director. Fanny and Alexander may have won the Oscars, but . . . Read more »