August Sonata

TITLE: THE BEST INTENTIONS

DIRECTOR: BILLE AUGUST

WRITER: INGMAR BERGMAN

THE BOTTOM LINE: Bergman's back and Bille's got him, for a handsome soap opera with a radiant star performance.

Ingmar Bergman used to say, "I make each film as if it were my last." The ( astringent passion he poured into his metaphysical melodramas -- The Seventh Seal, Persona, Autumn Sonata and many others -- testifies to that truth. So no one thought Bergman was kidding when in 1983 he declared that After the Rehearsal would be his last film. He was 65, a good age for a parson or a...

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