Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015, Sweden, 115 mins) cert. PG

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Screenings at 2.30PM and 7.30pm

Director: Stig Björkman
Features: Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Alicia Vikander

A fascinating insight – using her own letters (voiced by Alicia Vikander) and home movies – into the life and times of Ingrid Bergman.  Her stardom and the toll it imposed.

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The film follows Bergman’s largely successful Hollywood career of the 1940s, her near ostracism after her trip to Italy with realist director Robert Rossellini, and her return to respectability in the 1950s.

 

It dives deep into the life of this beautiful and endlessly determined actress, indulging in a rich archive of Bergman’s life with photos, home movies and letters on display. Her allure seeps through the entire film, revealing “a woman who was able to subtly combine the noble and the carnal” (critic Roger Ebert).

 

 

An insightful Review from The Guardian is: here, including a link to the international trailer (which segways into additional extracts from the film),

while the (shorter, UK) Trailer can be seen below…..

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Wednesday 30th November 2016

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Notorious (1946, USA, 101 mins) cert. U

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Screenings at 2.30PM and 7.30pm

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

Along with Casablanca, Notorious is the film that assures Ingrid Bergman’s immortality. Set in the Rio of 1946, she plays Alicia Huberman, a woman whose ‘notorious’ reputation encourages US agent Devlin (Grant) to recruit her to infiltrate the Nazi spy ring led by Sebastian (Rains).

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Bergman is perfectly cast, while Hitchcock’s writing and direction are at their best. The plot is ingenious, but very much ‘of its time’ – film historians speculate whether the villains of the piece would have been communists rather than Nazis had the it been written 6 months later. 

The expert direction also manages to smartly sidestep the Hays Code restriction (no kiss shall last more than 3 seconds) to get a 3 minute smooch onto the screen.  And Hitchcock’s trademark, precisely choreographed visuals ratchet up the tension.

 

The film is now 70 years old, so any archive copies of contemporary Reviews that might be lurking on the internet are of limited relevance to the modern film-goer.  But there are plenty of retrospectives.  Here’s a couple from: The Guardian here; and Roger Ebert

Notoriety (or fame) is good for snippet longevity. In contrast to the dearth of material relating to The Bolshoi Ballet (screening at David Lean earlier in November), made 11 years after Notorious, youtube can still bring you the ‘theatrical’ Trailer:

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 17th November 2016

Shows start at 2.30PM or 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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