Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015
114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman
Showcasing a veritable treasure trove of Ingrid Bergman’s never-before-seen home movies, personal letters and diary extracts (read by Alicia Vikander), alongside archive footage and frank interviews with her four children, this documentary is very much a film about love: Bergman’s passion for film and theatre; her appetite for adventure; her magnificent and notorious romances; and her unconventional love for her family.
Introduced to the camera at an early age by her beloved father, Bergman was incredibly adept at recording her life. As her adult years became ever more international, multicultural and perhaps even rootless, Bergman’s desire to record and preserve her experiences grew. This remarkable material paints a portrait of a strong, liberated, opinionated and accomplished woman, but also someone with a great sense of fun. 2015 marks the centenary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, and this film is a wonderful testament to her as a pioneer, mother and icon.