|Summer With Monika|
I also decided to see Autumn Sonata, one of the later Bergman films and not one that made the 1001 book. It is an emotional masterpiece that has at its center the relationship between a complicated daughter and an even more complicated mother. This story gives no easy answers to who you should sympathize with and that is to the films credit.
From the DVD extras, it's interesting to listen to the director talk about how difficult it was for Bergman (Ingmar) to get the performance out of Bergman (Ingrid) that he wanted. But the end result is as good as you could hope for and I can hardly imagine her ever being better. But let us not forget Liv Ullman as the daughter. Liv and Ingrid are great in their scenes together and this film is highly recommended if you are a fan of complicated family dynamics in your drama.
Monika is a powerful and very sensual woman, probably the wet dream of many boys in the fifties, but I agree it is not one of the best of Bergman's.ReplyDelete
Harriet Andersson does prove herself to be a rather formidable actress in later Bergman films such as Through a Glass Darkly and Cries and Whispers.ReplyDelete
She was also pretty hot in smiles of a summer night.ReplyDelete
Bibi Andersson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullmann...Bergman had quite the eye for beauty and talent.ReplyDelete