From marital gossips to on-screen magnetism, a documentary about Ingrid Bergman praises relevant actors who consistently defied expectations
Nearly 20 years ago, I went to stay with my husband in a house owned by the family of Roberto Rossellini, the great neorealist Italian film director. We invested our periods as you do when you find yourself in an idyllic hideout in the Italian sunshine: learning; lying by the puddle; watching the dawn through the trees. And I thought about Ingrid Bergman, who must have visited this secluded villa at a time when her life was in free fall.
Its hard it is now time imagine the kind of gossip Bergman induced when she became pregnant with Rossellinis child, while continuing to married to her first partner Petter Lindstrm. She wasnt exactly a partner, she was a father, and had left her daughter Pia behind when she went off to Italy to work with Rossellini. The cruelty was scalding. Bergman news jolts Hollywood like an A Bomb screeched one newspaper headline, neatly blending two of the most important news items of 1949.
In the US, religious groups began a campaign to censor her films on the grounds that they extol adultery. In Italy, she and Rossellini were followed everywhere by paparazzi, their friends for the rest of their stormy life together.
I was a danger for American womanhood, she told an interviewer, years later. Even my voice over the radio was supposed to be dangerous. Of trend I was hurt, but I didnt think that what I had done was so much other people business … If you dont like the implementation of its, you can walk out, but to criticise people private life, I thought was wrong.
That rebellious statement of intent is is mentioned in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words , a brand-new documentary film directed by Stig Bjrkman that tells the story of one of Hollywoods most enduring adepts. It gleans on her diaries, words and interrogations, interspersed with dwelling movies, and peeks of the actor in all her screen honour, from her Swedish introduction in 1935 to her Hollywood heyday in the 1940 s to her final personas practically 40 years later. It is a uncovering insight into a woman who routinely withstood expectations.