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Ingrid Bergman Movies: 'Autumn Sonata,' 'Gaslight'

Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata
Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata

Ingrid Bergman's best on-screen performance, as Liv Ullmann's painfully self-centered mother in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, can be appreciated on Friday, August 6 – Ingrid Bergman Day – on Turner Classic Movies.

TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” film series continues with twelve Bergman movies, including more “esoteric” entries such as the aforementioned Autumn Sonata – actually one of director Bergman's most accessible efforts – and Roberto Rossellini's psychological drama Europa '51.

The other scheduled Bergman vehicles, with the possible exceptions of Rossellini's Stromboli and Guy Green's A Walk in the Spring Rain, have been shown a number of times on TCM.

Among those are Intermezzo, which introduced the Swedish actress to American audiences in 1939; Casablanca, which won the 1943 Best Picture Oscar and turned Bergman into a superstar; and George Cukor's 1944 psychological thriller Gaslight, which earned Bergman the first of her two Best Actress Oscars. (The second one was for the 1956 drama Anastasia.)

Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Angela Lansbury, GaslightI can't say I'm a big fan of Bergman's work in Gaslight (right, with Angela Lansbury and Charles Boyer) – personally, I think the Oscar that year should have gone to non-nominee Tallulah Bankhead for Lifeboat – but she's even less effective as the tempestuous antiheroine in Saratoga Trunk and as a vulgar sex worker in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

In Notorious, Bergman and Cary Grant share a long kiss interrupted (so as to placate the puritanical censors at the Breen's Office), but this Alfred Hitchcock thriller belongs to Nazi Claude Rains and Madame Konstantin as his borderline-incestuous mommy.

Schedule and synopses from the TCM website:

3:00 AM Saratoga Trunk (1945)
A woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Flora Robson. Dir.: Sam Wood. Black and white. 135 min.

5:15 AM Stromboli (1950)
A refugee marries a Sicilian fisherman but can't cope with the harshness of her new life. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana. Dir.: Roberto Rossellini. Black and white. 107 mins

7:00 AM Yellow Rolls-Royce, The (1964)
A classic car changes the lives of three sets of owners. Cast: Rex Harrison, Shirley MacLaine, Ingrid Bergman. Dir.: Anthony Asquith. Color. 123 min.

9:15 AM Walk in the Spring Rain, A (1970)
When her husband moves them to a small farming town, a woman falls in love with a married neighbor. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Ingmar Bergman, Fritz Weaver. Dir.: Robert B. Sinclair. Color. 98 min.

11:00 AM Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)
A scientist's investigations into the nature of good and evil turn him into a murderous monster. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner. Dir.: Victor Fleming. Black and white. 113 min.

1:00 PM Spellbound (1945)
A psychiatrist tries to help the man she loves solve a murder buried in his subconscious. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov. Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock. Black and white. 111 min.

3:00 PM Europa '51 (1952)
When a well-off woman loses her son, her recovery confronts her with the problems of the less fortunate. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Giulietta Masina. Dir.: Roberto Rossellini. Black and white. 110 min.

5:00 PM Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)
A married violinist deserts his family when he falls for his accompanist. Cast: Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman, Edna Best. Dir.: Gregory Ratoff. Black and white. 70 mins

6:14 PM Short Film: How To Behave (1936)
Robert Benchley, etiquette expert, finds it increasingly difficult to follow his own advice. Cast: Robert Benchley BW-10 min.

6:30 PM Casablanca (1942)
An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Dir.: Michael Curtiz. Black and white. 103 min.

8:30 PM Notorious (1946)
A U.S. agent recruits a German expatriate to infiltrate a Nazi spy ring in Brazil. Cast: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains. Dir.: Alfred Hitchcock. Black and white. 101 min.

10:30 PM Autumn Sonata (1978)
A concert pianist faces the daughters she's neglected for years. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Halvar Bjork. Dir.: Ingmar Bergman. Color. 93 min.

12:10 AM Short Film: Okay For Sound (1946)
BW-20 min.

12:30 AM Gaslight (1944)
A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion. Cast: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Angela Lansbury. Dir.: George Cukor. Black and white. 114 min.

2:31 AM Short Film: David O. Selznick: Your New Producer (1935)
BW-24 min.

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