Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words | NC Museum of Art | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words 

When: Fri., Jan. 27, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $5-$7

She epitomized Hollywood glamour during the golden age of cinema, but in public life Ingrid Bergman experienced some notably postmodern pitfalls. Making her ostensible screen debut in 1935, she was body-shamed by critics in her native Sweden ("Hefty but quite sure of herself" exclaimed one). She was slut-shamed on Capitol Hill in 1950 for her extramarital affair with director Roberto Rossellini ("a cheap chiseling female" and "a powerful influence for evil," cried Senator Edwin C. Johnson). Plus, she starred in Gaslight, a film whose cultural relevance continues to reassert itself as the ideal metaphor for the insidious power politics now at play. Somehow, she lived through it all: the absurdity of screen icon-hood, being painted a corrupter of youth, and rejection both in Sweden and in the U.S., among other trials, with consummate grace. When she returned to America after eight years abroad, she picked up where she left off and eventually received an apology from Congress. On the centennial of her birth, NCMA screens this 2015 documentary, based on Bergman's home movies, letters, and diaries. It offers luminous proof that superlatives such as icon, screen legend, and beauty for the ages are, once in a great while, properly applied. —David Klein

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