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.)

I 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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