Previously at the ICA - Films
19 Aug 2016 – 25 Aug 2016
Iconic not least for her role in Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman was an actor who—as Alfred Hitchcock put it after directing her in Notorious—“took films more seriously than she took life”. But in Stig Björkman’s fascinating documentary, we learn a lot about her private world too.
Partly narrated by fellow Swede Alicia Vikander from Bergman’s letters and diary entries, the film reveals her feelings about her tumultuous relationships (including with film director Roberto Rossellini and war photographer Robert Capa) and her immediate family, and is delightfully illustrated with clips from the very accomplished home movies that, as a photographer’s daughter, Bergman made from an early age. Tributes from notable admirers including Liv Ullman, Sigourney Weaver, and Bergman’s actor daughters Pia Lindström and Isabella Rossellini further enhance our understanding of a remarkable woman and her craft.
Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words, dir. Stig Björkman. Sweden 2015, 114 mins. English, and Swedish with English subtitles.