‘Ingrid Bergman’s ‘In Her Own Words’ an intimate portrait

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman in a still from the new documentary “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.”

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We all know that Ingrid Bergman was a great star — nominated for seven Oscars, winner of three, iconic for starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca” — but she was also was one of those people who never threw anything away, the kind of person who kept even early childhood diaries until the end of her life. The daughter of a photographer, Bergman was an inveterate taker of home movies, all of which she saved, and she wrote candid letters to her oldest friends as well.

Director Stig Bjorkman used all of that information and more to make this surprisingly intimate documentary, an involving look inside the life of a gifted and complex woman that benefits from the cooperation of all four of her children talking about what it’s like when your mother is an international cinema celebrity.

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Though she was a workaholic who, director Alfred Hitchcock once commented, “took films more seriously than she took life,” Bergman still found time to live fully, and it’s detailed here, scandals and all. Playing at West Hollywood’s Sundance Sunset.


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