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Criterion Collection: Autumn Sonata [Blu-ray] [1978] [US Import]

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  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHN8G08
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bergman on Bergman 19 May 2003
By degrant
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
While some of Ingmar Bergman's actors consistently gave great performances over a number of films, the greatest one-off performance in a film of his is that of his namesake, Ingrid, in this, her last film before she died of cancer.
Well into her seventh decade, Ingrid Bergman's beauty as an aging concert pianist, Charlotte, is striking, especially in contrast with her daughter played by Liv Ullman. Ullman's astonishingly attractive looks (which dominate such classics as "Persona" "The Passion of Anna" "Cries and Whispers" and "Scenes from a Marriage") are convincingly masked by the dowdy attire, owlish glasses and prissy manner which give great credibility to her depiction of a priest's wife, unloved by and resentful of her mother.
Unique among Ingmar Bergman's films, the principal relationship under examination is that of mother and daughter. The closest film in this respect is "Cries and Whispers" but there the presence and unflattering characterisation of the mother is principally designed to informs the tortured relationship between the sisters Agnes, Maria and Karin as we see the similarities between Maria and her mother. Although "Autumn Sonata" touches on many of Bergman's favourite themes, the mother and daughter angle gives a freshness to the film and makes the quality of the acting all the more treasurable.
"Autumn Sonata" tends to be forgotten in comparison with Bergman's other late period works, both those made in exile from Sweden and those made before such as "Cries and Whispers" and the trimphant home-coming "Fanny and Alexander" both of which richly deserved Oscars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a bit disappointed 29 Oct 2013
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Despite loving Ingmar Bergman's work this film felt a bit dated watching it a very short while ago. I know that it was a breakthrough film in the '70s but somehow the magic was not as potent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bergman and Bergman work wonders 24 May 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Autumn Sonata is the Bergman film I get the most out of, and I am always moved by the long nocturnal confrontation between mother and daughter that strikes me as the most memorable utterance of suffering and its build-up in all cinema. How Liv Ullman sustains it as she does, with such unbearable plangency in her voice, is belief-defying, and one cannot but be marked by it. Because it is psychological, I find it easier to watch than the extremes of physical suffering Bergman subjects us to in The Silence or Cries and Whispers. I also like the concentration on the two faces, which complement each other so well, and find the use of colour a joy, bringing out the mature beauty of Ingrid Bergman in a most striking way. She had one of those faces that seems illuminated from within, and almost handsome, especially in later years, a quality which emerged out of the extraordinary beauty and purity of her face in youth. Remarkably, it doesn't seem diminished in any way in relation to how she looked in, say, Casablanca. Of course she is the villain of the piece, fairly unambiguously, and the whole film stands as a study of what neglect does to a person, especially a child. You feel the daughter has remained stunted, in a sense, by the lack of love, that she can never quite get into a sense of living in the first degree, for all that she has a very attentive and understanding husband. Ironically, the mother's looks are really neither here nor there, except as a symbol of her exceptional nature. The acting of both actresses is, of course, on the highest level, and the scene on the Chopin prelude stands out both for its musical and psychological insight, showing unconscious cruelty in the most succinct way. It really is fantastic. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 21 April 2014
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This film has not aged well. The performances are all superb and Ingmar Bergman's evocation of the autumn conflict between mother and daughter has a formal visual elegance and interesting script but for me, at least, it does not pack the emotional punch it did on it's initial release. At 90 minutes it does feel very long. However on the positive side Ingrid Bergman does give one of her best performances and the English dub is a case study of how such things should be done - but the overall impact just falls short of what it once was. Be aware that this solid (and expensive) Criterion blu ray transfer is region A locked - so you will need a multi-region blu ray to play it in the UK.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a classic 16 July 2003
Well, I adore Bergman. He knows how to work with colors. The movie is overwhelmed with tones of brown and yellow emphasizing the season. (remember Cries and Whispers' red tones)However it is not just an autumn of a certain year, no; the autumn of the lives. You expect to witness a nostalgic conversation, however are shaken with a severe confrontation of two leading characters about the past acts. (sins ?) Very brief flashbacks, static camera with fabulous art direction has created a masterpiece, that is worth to view again and again. Liv Ullman's performance was notable, I should say: a benchmark for actors and actresses which is not exceeded till now yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Not everybody's cup of tea but this film is a fantastic opportunity to see two great actresses close-up. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Liz Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Two spectacular performances
While I remembered this as an unalloyed masterpiece from seeing it in the theater on first release,
I had a few small problems re-seeing it 32 years later. Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman
Widely regarded as one of Ingmar Bergmans most powerful films, Autumn Sonata tells the story of renowned pianist Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman), who is invited to visit her daughter... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by MRAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugh! Ugh! Speechless...
I'm not going to be eloquent here. Just watched this for the nth time and again it left me a quivering wreck on the sofa. Emotionally drained. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by Paul Semicolon
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting!!!
Phew - what an experience! Watching this film felt like be being a relunctant spectator at a bull fight. Read more
Published on 8 May 2008 by Room For A View
5.0 out of 5 stars Filmmaking at its best
Autumn Sonata is a great psychological study of a dysfunctional relationship between a self-absorbed mother and her two daughters, as well as the devastating damage inflicted by... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2007 by Alojz Kajinic
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bergman.
Höstsonaten brought together two of the great Swedish legends of cinema - Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman (they're not related. Read more
Published on 16 April 2006 by David Welsh
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