One of the most pleasurable reads we’ve come across lately is British critic-author’s David Thomson’s new book, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies, which includes a concise and pointed chapter titled, Ingrid Sees A Movie.

Hello, everybody.  Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here today to unequivocally state that Ingrid Bergman is unquestionably among the most beautiful and talented actresses to emerge from Hollywood’s Golden Era. What a great star.

The joy in reading Thomson’s chapter about Bergman is his refreshingly analytic, sometimes bracingly acerbic approach to her career and life. He obviously admires the actress, but is not blind to her personal and career shortcomings.  In tribute, we are basing the following on his writings.

Ok, on with our quiz.  Let’s see how you do:

1) Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1915, Ingrid Bergman had a difficult childhood. Why?  a) She was physically frail and almost pathologically shy; b) She lost both her parents at an early age; c) She was psychologically abused in an orphanage; d) None of the above?

2) As a result of her childhood, Bergman was always an easy mark for more assertive  personalities.  True or false?

3) David O. Selznick was first tipped off to Bergman’s talents by a Swedish elevator operator who worked in the producer’s office building.  True or false?

4) At first meeting, Selznick, who introduced the actress to America, was instantly taken with Bergman’s striking physical beauty.  True or false?

5) Bergman was a relatively tall woman when she came to Hollywood in the 1930’s.  Just how tall was she?  a) six feet; b) five feet, 11 1/2 inches; c) five feet, eight inches; d) five feet, 10 inches?

6) How many Oscars did Bergman win over the course of her career? a) one; b) five; c) three; d) four?

7) Bergman’s notorious affair and marriage to Roberto Rossellini began soon after Bergman attended a screening of one of his pictures, and was deeply impressed by what she saw?  Which of the Italian director’s movies led to this epiphany? a) Open City, b) Voyage To Italy, c) Paisa ; d) Europea ’51.

8) Bergman’s romance with Rossellini got her blackballed in Hollywood, and made headlines in 1950’s scandalsheets.  Why? a) He had suspect political affiliations which didn’t sit well in post World War II America; b) The couple posed nude together for an Italian magazine; c) both were married to others at the time their affair began; d) she bore Rossellini a son out of wedlock?

9) Which Italian actress did Bergman displace in Rossellini’s affections?  a) Rossana Podesta; b) Anna Maria Alberghetti; c) Anna Magnani; d) Elsa Martinelli?

10) Bergman starred twice in two versions of films with the same title.  Which ones?  a) Gaslight, b) For Whom The Bell Tolls; c) Intermezzo; 4) Notorious; 5) Joan of Arc?

Answers Monday.

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