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Autumn Sonata (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on March 5, 2010

Bergman always does confrontations between women so well… The Silence, Persona, Cries and Whispers and to a lesser degree in Bildmakarna.  This is that confrontation in its most direct and raw form, a furious outpouring of deep-seated resentment and bitterness, exquisitely realized by Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman.  The use of the handicapped sister Helena is a particularly brilliant counterpoint, struggling physically to express herself as the others struggle with it emotionally.  The film is done with a minimum of fuss, a little fourth wall-breaking at the start but otherwise very straightforward in the usual Bergman chamber drama style, with those heartbreaking, revealing close-ups.  The musical structure (three movements: an introduction, a long and slow middle section, and a finale) is an idea he would return to with Saraband.  Rating: 9


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  1. […] 21. Autumn Sonata (1978, Ingmar Bergman) […]

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