Thursday, March 19, 2009

Found and Scandalous

I have read in every book about Ingrid Bergman's life, that they took many special precautions to avoid being photographed while Ingrid was driving to the hospital, in the hospital, giving birth and after the baby was born. Every book also stated that several people snuck in, and one got by. I guess this must be the guy who got by.

"Paparazzi" was a phrased coined by Frederico Fellini. He was talking about Ingrid and Roberto's relationship to the press. They stalked the Rossellinis and were relentless. Isabella Rossellini once said that they (the children) would throw rocks and objects at the reporters because they would flash lights at them all the time and wouldn't leave them alone (seeing it as more of a game than invasion of privacy).

I doubt that my blog is helping by posting this picture. I should probably refuse to show a picture that Ingrid would have looked down upon with disgust. I see it now as a historical reference. Not only did this couple set the world on fire with their love affair, they tried to do it with class. They didn't want their faces all over the tabloids, as most celebrities don't. Ingrid eventually figured out that there is an amount of privacy that one loses claim to when they are famous. She later accepted it with more grace and willingness (not saying that would be easily achieved), as most celebrities today have yet to learn. I post this in honor of Ingrid and Roberto Rossellini's courage to drive fast, use tactics of sleuth and stelth, and be invisible--as much as possible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In fact, this photo is a fake - it is made up of Bergman and Rossellini's faces composited onto a staged hospital scene.,33009,812095,00.html

"When Rome's picture weekly, La Setti-mana Incom, hit the newsstands last week, Italians took one look at its cover and rushed to buy. Although Ingrid Bergman has permitted no photographs of herself and child, Incom's cover showed a joyful Ingrid cooing to her newborn babe in a hospital room, while Roberto Rossellini, the doctor, the nurse and even the Madonna (from a painting on the wall) seemed to beam with approval. Incom's teasing caption: "The Strange Story of This Photograph."
Inside, Incom told the story, which would not have sounded strange to readers of New York's old tabloid Evening Graphic.-The picture was a fake—or what Incom called a photomontage. Incom's editors had cut out the heads from an old photo of Ingrid and Roberto, and with some paste and an artist's deft strokes, superimposed them, with others, on a photograph posed against the background of a hospital room (see cut). For readers who might feel tricked, Incom ran the original photographs inside, along with a diagram showing how they were mated. The stunt paid off. Incom sold a record 260,000 copies, one-third more than its usual circulation. Among the purchasers: Roberto Rossellini, who, in a fine Italian fury, telephoned Incom's office to bellow that Incom's general manager, Sandro Pal-lavicini, was a bastard. Two rival picture weeklies were less bold and less convincing—Oggi, with a cover showing Ingrid and Roberto looking fondly at a baby that was obviously several months old, and Tempo, which showed a pensive Ingrid reclining on a pillow."

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An avid Ingrid Bergman fan, I am a student of her life and work as well as film, filmmaking and Classic Film in general. I have my M.F.A. in TV/Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and have been making a living in the business they call show. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexis_morrell