CULTURE | 21.10.2015

Movie Night: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!”

This quote by Ingrid Bergman alone shows what an extraordinary woman the actress, who was born in Stockholm in 1915, was. Her breathtaking performance on screen was honoured with three Oscars, and the American Film Institute ranked her 4th in their list of most important actresses of the 20th century. Allude Creative Director Andrea Karg: “When I hear Ingrid Bergman’s name, I think of Casablanca, of Casablanca again and of Hitchcock’s Notorious.”

“I’m going to keep this diary and hide it away forever.
I’m 14 years, two months and three days old.
I was born on the twenty-ninth of August 1915.
My parents were Friedel Adler and Justus Bergman.
I was baptised Ingrid.
I was spirited, irritating, stubborn and wild.”

– Ingrid Bergman, diary entry from 1929

“Make a film about Mama”, Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini asked director Stig Björkman in the spring of 2011. Who could refuse such a fascinating request by the equally beautiful and immensely talented movie diva?!

Drawing on Rossellini’s rich pool of letters by and pictures of her mother – as well as on her own memories – Björkman has succeeded in creating with Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Website) an intimate portrait of the young girl from Sweden who would go on to become a true cinema goddess.

Andrea Karg: “The trailer really whets the appetite for this documentary!”