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St. Louis Bach Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm

Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 East Lockwood Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63119


Bach on the Big Screen

A unique collaboration combining film and a live musical performance, followed by a short discussion.  The featured film, Autumn Sonata, was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, director of such masterworks as “Persona” and “Cries and Whispers,” and Ingrid, the monumental star of “Casablanca.” The grande 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 the director’s major dramatic works.

Classical music figures prominently in the film, including selections from Chopin and Handel; Bach, whose music is used in many of Bergman’s films, is represented by Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande.

Presented in collaboration with Webster University Film Series and Cinema St. Louis.

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