See Ingmar Bergman’s Award-Winning Film Autumn Sonata Tonight at Washington Square Park

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Tonight, Thursday August 30th, the New York City Parks Department will be presenting director Ingmar Bergman’s award-winning 1978 film, Autumn Sonata, starring Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman. The screening will begin around 8 p.m. at Garibaldi Plaza, east of the fountain. It is recommended to arrive early at or before 7:30 p.m. to get a good spot. Free.

More information from the Parks Department:

Join us this summer for special movie screenings of of Ingmar Bergman films, part of a worldwide celebration to mark the 100-year anniversary of the birth of renowned director and writer Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007).

Autumn Sonata

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.

More about Autumn Sonata [Wikipedia]:

Autumn Sonata is a 1978 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, and starring Ingrid Bergman (in her final film role), Liv Ullmann and Lena Nyman. It tells the story of a celebrated classical pianist who is confronted by her neglected daughter. It is generally well-regarded by critics. …

The film won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman) and Best Original Screenplay.

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