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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

When: Fri., March 11 2016

Opening Friday


Ingrid Bergman was always focused on her next move, whether it meant hopping on a plane to shoot a movie or skipping the country to live another life. It was easy for her to bounce around, since her parents died when she was very young, making her a nomad. She went on to become Sweden's It Girl, and soon, Hollywood came calling. Producer David O. Selznick introduced Bergman to Tinseltown elite, setting the stage for her iconic roles in Casablanca, Notorious, Gaslight, and others. She had a controversial relationship with Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, among other marital scandals, which ultimately forced her to flee the U.S. for Italy for several years. As Bergman once said, she was considered "a danger for American womanhood—even my voice over the radio was supposed to be dangerous." In his new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, Stig Björkman chronicles this free-spirited life via 16mm home movies, diaries and letters (read by recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander), and interviews with Bergman's adult children, including actress Isabella Rossellini and American TV journalist Pia Lindström. Surprisingly, they harbor no resentments toward their mom for leaving their dads and going to live in another part of the world. "She was just too much fun to be with," Lindstrom says. "She went where the wind took her ... I craved my whole life to have more of her." With the nostalgic, sometimes elegiac way Björkman culls the material, you will, too. —Craig D. Lindsey


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