For those of us who still have Humphrey Bogart’s indelible half-smile imprinted in our minds, his “Casablanca” counterpart is now getting the attention she deserves in this intimate documentary by Swedish filmmaker Stig Björkman. “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words” is a collective mash-up of her life on and off the silver screen, providing a powerful look back on her public and private life — expertly weaving personal diaries, never before seen vintage photographs, and interviews with her children (most notably Isabella Rossellini, who suggested making the film).
Alicia Vikander of “Ex Machina” fame (also of Swedish descent) provides the late actress’ narration, which is unequivocally “in her own words.” The film aims to tackle her role in Hollywood as a European transplant, but also examines the much her affair with famed Italian film director Roberto Rossellini (who was also married at the time), a near-catastrophic misstep in her life and career. Luckily, Bergman was intent on doing things her way, and while it may have appeared messy on paper to lead her own feminist rebellion, she paved the way for other actresses, mothers, and wives to find courage in finally living life on their own terms.
The film is opens in Sweden August 28th, 2015 but as of yet there is no word on whether it has secured a release date here in the United States.