Ingrid Bergman fans will be spellbound by her centennial celebrations in the Washington, D.C. area:
- ‘Ingrid Bergman Centennial’ retrospective film series July 2-Sept. 13 is now showing at the American Film Institute’s AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, a D.C. suburb.
- The Embassy of Sweden will open two exhibits on Aug. 29, her birthday — Bergman would have turned 100.
- A postal stamp honoring her will be issued jointly by the U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post, and the stamps will be unveiled at the embassy. Aptly, the American “Forever” stamp will be in the “Legends of Hollywood” series.
The triple Oscar®-winner’s movies in “Ingrid Bergman Centennial” range from her most famous to least-known ones; and from very early films made in her native Sweden to her final one, also made in Sweden 40 years later — “Autumn Sonata,” directed and written by compatriot Ingmar Bergman. Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) and Ingmar Bergman (no relation) were Sweden’s most famous exports.
The AFI Silver Theatre’s festival began with, no surprise, “Casablanca.” If you missed its two screenings on July 2, there’re many more as time goes by through July 9. Here’s looking at you, Bergman and Bogart.
And here are other coming attractions:
- Hitchcock classics “Notorious,” co-starring Cary Grant, and “Spellbound,” co-starring Gregory Peck, are included with Hitch’s least-seen American flick, “Under Capricorn.” It co-stars Michael Wilding, under the radar because he hadn’t yet wed Elizabeth Taylor.
- “Stromboli” sparked the indiscreet, notorious, doubly-adulterous love affair with its Italian director Roberto Rossellini 65 years ago. “Stromboli,” named for a volcano off Sicily, is paired with a documentary about the scandal: “Bergman and Magnani: The War of the Volcanoes.” Rossellini, who was married but separated, left his lover and star Anna Magnani (one of their films was “Vulcano”) for the still-married Bergman. She gave birth to Rossellini’s child before they wed, and named the baby Roberto.
- “Journey to Italy,” regarded as a Rossellini masterpiece, has been referenced in Martin Scorsese’s documentary on Italian cinema, “My Voyage to Italy,” AFI notes.
- Romance films abound in the fest: “Indiscreet” to “Intermezzo”; “For Whom the Bell Tolls” — Hemingway selected Bergman and co-star Gary Cooper; “Cactus Flower;” “Elena and Her Men a.k.a. Paris Does Strange Things,” directed by the renowned Jean Renoir…
- Bergman’s three Academy Award-winning performances are in the fest: “Gaslight,” with the Oscar-nominated screen debut of 18-year-old Angela Lansbury; “Anastasia,” Bergman’s triumphant return to Hollywood after years of semi-exile due to the Rossellini brou-ha-ha; and “Murder on the Orient-Express” (best supporting actress for this one.)
- A complete, uncut version of “Joan of Arc” contains 45 minutes that had been sliced from the original. “A heartbreaking disappointment to director Victor Fleming (who) died soon after its release…can now be appreciated in its full, lavish Technicolor glory,” AFI raves. Bergman’s Broadway portrayal of Joan of Arc in “Joan of Lorraine” earned a Tony® for Best Actress.
She is one of the few actors ever to win three Oscars, a Tony, and two Emmy® Awards. The Emmys are for the TV miniseries adaptation of Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” and for her final acting role, in the TV miniseries “A Woman Called Golda,” based on the life of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.
Bergman died on her 67th birthday in 1982, losing a seven-year battle with cancer.
Learn more about this international superstar, fascinating on and off screen, at the Embassy of Sweden’s exhibits “Ingrid Bergman – in Sweden!” by the Swedish Film Institute, and “The Saga of Ingrid Bergman” by the Swedish Institute, both beginning Aug. 29. Details of the free, weekend-only exhibits and the embassy’s related programs are coming soon.
One of the embassy’s programs will be the formal unveiling of the Bergman stamps in September, after the American stamp goes on sale Aug. 20. Bergman becomes the 19th Hollywood legend in the stamp series.
As the legendary late critic Roger Ebert once wrote rhetorically, “Was there ever a more sensuous actress in the movies?”
For more info and tickets: “Ingrid Bergman Centennial”, July 2-Sept. 13, AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road at Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, 301-495-6700. Two exhibitions beginning Aug. 29 at Embassy of Sweden’s House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington D.C., 202-467-2600. The two free exhibitions are open weekends only.