Autumn Sonata

(Ingmar Bergman, 1978, Sweden/West Germany, 99 min.)

Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, (director of Persona and Cries and Whispers) and Ingrid (star of Casablanca). The grande 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 the director’s major dramatic works. Classical music figures prominently in the film, including selections from Chopin and Handel; Bach, whose music is used in many of Bergman's films, is represented by Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande.

The program also features a musical performance by pianist Sandra Geary, cellist Ken Kulosa, and flutist Catherine Edwards. Eddie Silva, communications specialist at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and former Riverfront Times arts editor St. Louis Symphony Orchestra publications manager, introduces and discusses the film.

In Swedish with English subtitles.

Co-presented with Bach Society of St. Louis and Cinema St. Louis.

Sorry, no punch passes accepted for this event.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

Event Type

Art & Performances, Film Series


Divisions, School of Communications




Special admission price of $15 for musical performance and film.

Webster University Film Series
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