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‘Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words’ Now Playing At Landmark’s Nuart Theatre


Director Stig Björkman’s spring 2011 meeting with actress Isabella Rossellini was the origins behind the first rate documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words, as Rossellini brought up the idea of making a film about her mother. An evocative and enriching look at one of cinema’s most talented and adventurous actresses, Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (Rialto Pictures, 114 minutes), begins its one week engagement today at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre.

Ingrid Bergman, Photo by Andre Lefebvre. Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/Mantaray Film/Wesleyan Cinema Archives
Ingrid Bergman, Photo by Andre Lefebvre. Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/Mantaray Film/Wesleyan Cinema Archives

With the use of Bergman’s personal journals, letters to close friends, as well as footage from her home movies, we are given a deeper look into what made this Swedish girl transform herself into one of Hollywood’s most popular and ultimately revered stars.

It’s amazing, even to this day, that the star of such classics as Casablanca and Notorious would temporarily leave Hollywood to marry and collaborate with Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. Although her work on such Rossellini movies as Stromboli and Journey to Italy would be revered with the passing of time and weather, their relationship was deemed a scandal at the time.

Whether it was taking in the media scrutiny which annoyingly latched on to her respective romantic relationships or dealing with the inevitable challenges of working in cinema, Bergman’s lust for life (and acting) didn’t wane (it’s fitting that two of her finest performances, Autumn Sonata and A Woman Called Golda, were her last films).

The picture also includes interviews with Bergman’s children and features a captivating, immersive score from Michael Nyman (The Piano, Carrington). Actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) provides a healthy share of voiceover (as she reads Bergman’s letters and reminisces) throughout the documentary.

Ingrid Bergman. Photo: The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX
Ingrid Bergman. Photo: The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX

For more information on Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words’ exclusive one week engagement at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, go to:

Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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