Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words 2015

     Director Stig Bjorkman met with Ingrid Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini in the spring of 2011.  Even though Ingrid, traveled and lived in different countries, she saved the letters she wrote to her friend Mollie.  She also saved records, films and information from her childhood and the childhoods of her children.  Ingrid won seven Academy Award nominations and was a three-time winter.  She loved to travel and she loved acting in films or on stage.  She was in Casablanca of 1942, Gaslight of 1944 and Autumn Sonata of 1978.  She married dentist Petter Aron Lindstrom at the age of 21 in 1937.  He later studied to become a neurosurgeon and they had a daughter Pia Lindstrom.  Ingrid had a relationship with photographer Robert Capa in 1945 during her tour to entertain American troops.  There was a scandal over her relationship with Roberto Rossellini in 1950.  They married and had three children, a son Roberto and twin daughters Isotta and Isabella.  They divorced and she married Lars Schmidt, a theatrical entrepreneur.  Ingrid died August 1982 in London on her 67th birthday of breast cancer.
     This film was released on the 100-year anniversary of Ingrid’s birth.  I thought this was interesting and carefully filmed with a lot of information about Ingrid that I didn’t know.  I appreciated that the material presented was based on interviews with family, friends and her memorabilia.  It’s not made up stories or scandalous material from magazines and newspapers.  She was an unusual and gifted person and she also seemed to have boundless energy.  3 ½* (I liked this movie) 

114 min, Doc directed by Stig Bjorkman with Ingrid Bergman, Alicia Vikander, Pia Lindstrom, Roberto Rossellini, Isotta Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Fiorella Mariani, Sigourney Weaver, Liv Ullman, Jeanine Basinger.
Note:  Imdb 7.4 out of 10, 100% critic 69% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 17 reviews, Netflix 3 ½* out of 5*.

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