Autumn Sonata

Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00pm | Regular Admission Prices

In a long-planned collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans, legendary actress Ingrid Bergman returned to Swedish cinema after a 40 year absence to star in director Ingmar Bergman’s (ironically, no relation) moving portrait of mother/daughter relations, in what turned out to be her final feature film role.

“Ingmar Bergman’s casting coup lives up to expectations. Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann invest their roles with undeniable emotional conviction and impact.” – Gary Arnold, Washington Post

In Autumn Sonata, the grand dame Bergman plays Charlotte, an icy concert pianist coming home to an anguished reunion with her neglected adult daughter, Eva, played by the filmmaker’s recurring leading lady, Liv Ullmann. While the estranged mother and daughter struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf between them. 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 and haunting repercussions of their complicated relationship. This cathartic pas de deux, beautifully shot in burnished harvest colors by the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist, ranks among Ingmar Bergman’s most intensely personal dramatic works. Brilliantly embodying an emotionally distant mother bristling with untapped depths of feeling, Ingrid Bergman earned some of the most enthusiastic acclaim of her career, receiving her final Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and winning the same honor from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. (Dir. by Ingmar Bergman, 1978, Sweden, in Swedish and English with subtitles, 99 mins., Rated PG)