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.
This will be a rare presentation of the film on 35mm as a Cosford Classic. The Cosford Classic program, presented by the Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies, a monthly repertory film series dedicated to the preservation of screening films on celluloid. The Cosford Classics is a finalist for the Knight Arts Challenge from the Knight Foundation, the final winners of the challenge will be announced at the beginning of December.