Movie review of “Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words”: Stig Bjorkman created this revealing documentary about the resilient Swedish movie star who won three Academy Awards. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
Using a variety of sources, Swedish film critic Stig Bjorkman created this revealing documentary about the resilient movie star who won three Academy Awards and worked with Bogart, Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
The title, “Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words,” is not strictly accurate. Bjorkman also uses the words of Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, film historian Jeanine Basinger and Ingrid’s children, who testify to the strains of maintaining a family and a long career.
Sometimes the voice of Ingrid Bergman is actually that of Alicia Vikander (currently an Oscar nominee for “The Danish Girl”), who does a smooth job of reading from Ingrid’s letters, notes and diary entries.
Movie Review ★★★
‘Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words,’ a documentary directed by Stig Bjorkman, from a screenplay by Bjorkman, Dominika Daubenbuchel and Stina Gardell. 114 minutes. Not rated; suitable for general audiences. Sundance Cinemas (21+).
Ingrid took lots of home movies, and Bjorkman’s generous use of them doesn’t leave a lot of room for career high points, especially her stage work (including “Tea and Sympathy”) and the ups and downs of the Academy Awards (she won Oscars for “Gaslight,” “Anastasia” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” though she wasn’t even nominated for her iconic work in “Casablanca”).
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Best-known for “Tranceformer,” a portrait of Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, Bjorkman emphasizes the connection between Ingrid’s private and public lives, most movingly in her last film for theaters, “Autumn Sonata,” in which she and Ullmann played mother and daughter.