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Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words

"A rich, generous-spirited portrait of a woman who, in her unapologetic pursuit of art, fame and personal growth, was far ahead of her time." - Washington Post

"One of the most captivating figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Ingrid Bergman continues to exert her preternatural allure in this engrossing documentary constructed from her home movies and entries in the diaries she faithfully kept throughout her life. The Swedish-born actress (1915-1982), who left for Hollywood in 1939 as a young wife and new mother, never lost her wanderlust nor her willingness to challenge conventional notions. Later on, she would scandalize Hollywood and prudishly judgmental members of the U.S. Senate, who publicly denounced her, by leaving yet again, this time for Rome and an affair with the director Roberto Rossellini.

"Those events are revisited from the inside out in “In Her Own Words,” which features extensive interviews with three of her children. They’re expansive in their praise for a mother who never made a secret of her thirst for adventure, romance and celebrity. Rather than feeling abandoned, they all agree, they wish they could have spent more time with her because “she was so much fun.”

"Fun and driven. The portrait that emerges here is of an actress with an uncanny instinct for playing to the camera. Her star quality is evident in a screen test she made as a young starlet newly arrived in Hollywood: Devoid of makeup or fancy dress, she exudes magnetism and beauty all the more startl­ing for being seemingly unstudied.

“Directed by Stig Bjorkman with deep affection and respect, “In Her Own Words” is a tantalizing glimpse of an otherwise unreachable icon. For students of movie history “In Her Own Words” offers a rich, generous-spirited portrait of a woman who, in her unapologetic pursuit of art, fame and personal growth, was far ahead of her time.” - Washington Post

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