Has the classic period, hobbled as it was by the censorious Hays Office, produced a more winsome yet sexy dramatic actress? She could be commanding, beguiling and yet oh, so seductive.
We’ve written a ton about Bergman, one of our favorites, including two full-fledged quizzes (back on Feb. 20, 2013, and another the following Oct. 7). What distinguishes our Min-Quiz today is its concentration on the personal Bergman rather than Bergman the actress.
Our inspiration is an interesting new documentary, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, which came out last year and drew notice at Cannes and at other international film festivals. Directed by Swedish writer/critic Stig Bjorkman, the docu is highly personal view of the actress, framing Bergman via her own letters, in private film footage and in extensive interviews with her children
The emphasis is totally on Bergman as mother of four from two of her three husbands, rather than her amazing career and international fame (her participation in Casablanca, for example, is passed over in a mere sentence or two). The docu, available on a Criterion Collection DVD, is reverential and overlong, but it provides fascinating personal information which you may not know.
Our Mini-Quiz today is inspired and taken directly from Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words. As usual, questions today and answers tomorrow. Here we go:
1) Question: Bergman was a loving but very strict parent, who raised her children according to strict Prussian-style regimens. a) True; or b) False.
2) Question: Bergman’s extramarital affair resulted in feelings of “abandonment” among which of her children? a) Pia Lindstrom; b) Isabella Rossellini; c) Roberto Rossellini; or Isota Rosellini.
3) Question: Bergman was a tad over protective of her children, allowing them to be rarely photographed. a) True; or b) False.
4) Question: Bergman confessed that her maternal instincts were sometimes overruled by a) a “sense of adventure;” b) lust; c) professional pride; or d) none of the above.
5) Question: Although — much like Orson Welles — Bergman spent much time living and working in Europe, she craved a return to the professionalism of studio Hollywood. a) True; or b) False.