Ingrid Bergman—In Her Own Words



Rafael 1 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 8:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Running Time:114 min
Director:Stig Björkman
Producer:Stina Gardell
Screenwriter:Stig Björkman
Stina Gardell
Dominika Daubenbüchel
Cinematographer:Malin Korkeasalo
Editor:Dominika Daubenbüchel
Print Source:Rialto Pictures
Note Writer:Richard Peterson


Timed for the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, this beautifully crafted documentary by Swedish filmmaker Stig Björkman is an extraordinarily intimate study of the woman behind the world cinema icon. She famously said, “I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime,” and the film does recount the controversies that dogged her independent life choices, including the Hollywood fallout from her relationship with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Rich with feature film clips and archival interviews, as well as contemporary conversations with Bergman's children, Björkman’s portrait gains significant resonance from her private letters and diaries, read off-screen by Alicia Vikander. And when it comes to home movies, who would have guessed that Bergman was such a veritable shutterbug? Her extensive footage of family gatherings, enhanced by Michael Nyman’s elegant musical score, contribute immensely to evoking the world and perspective of this one-of-a-kind talent

As part of the centennial celebration, don't miss MVFF's special multimedia Ingrid Bergman exhibition at 1020 B St, San Rafael.

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Stig Björkman, born in 1938 in Sweden, is a writer, director, and film critic. He has previously made several films about cinema including …But Film is My Mistress (2010) and Tranceformer–A Portrait of Lars Von Trier (1997). As a writer he has published interview books with Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen, and Joyce Carol Oates among others. Between 1964 and 1972 he worked as chief editor for the Swedish film magazine Chaplin and has, over the years, contributed to Cahiers du Cinéma and Sight & Sound.