Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Just Found This Too!

This One's For Em!

Em and I were talking, via email, about Ingrid stuff (because we're super awesome) and we discussed with whom we would have loved to see Ingrid co-star: James Stewart was the unanimous answer.

I found this picture-- making dreams come true-- YES.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robert Capa Film Found!

The NYTimes reported today that the Mexican suitcase that arrived at the International Center of Photography, more than a year ago, contains 4,300 lost photographs taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War. The photographs that they show on the Time's website are amazing. They're reporting that the photos, though decayed, are still in great condition after 70 years of sitting in the suitcase, hidden from the public. The pictures link a lot of choppy history during the men's photojournalism years during the Spanish Civil War.

Here are links to the Article and the Slide show-- There wasn't any embeded option :( 

I am writing about this find, here, on the Ingrid Bergman Life and Films blog because Bergman and Capa were hot and heavy after WWII. Ingrid and Capawere very in love and found a release being with one another. He was addicted to danger which is evident through many of his photographs, most famously, his photos of the D-Day invasion on the beaches at Normandy. She was addicted to acting and her career. They found their relationship a Month after VE-Day at the Ritz hotel in Paris.
(Ingrid in a bathtub in post-war Paris, photo taken by Capa)

Ingrid was in town working with the U.S.O. (after a successful tour in Alaska) and had recently finished work on The Bells of St. Mary's while Capa was there as well working on shots of Paris after the war. They had both had affairs, but this one topped the cake. Ingrid convinced Capa (that's all she EVER called him) to come to Hollywood to work on the stills for Notorious, but after a while the romance dwindled. Capa had one run in with Petter Lindstrom, Ingrid's husband, on a skiing vacation, who flipped out when Ingrid admitted to the affair, asked for a divorce, which Ingrid denied (it was her turn to do so, lol, read a bio of her and this makes more, and this set things up in smoke for a bit. When they were in New York City, 2 years after meeting, they decided to part ways amicably and remained friends until Capa died suddenly after stepping on a land mine in Indochina, in 1954. Ingrid was very saddened by his death for she had a true fondness for the man who refused to marry her as not to be caged by the threat of leaving a wife and potential children behind to mourn him (and most likely, restrain him.). 

If you'd like to read more about this affair and Ingrid's life, I suggest Donald Spoto's Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Classique Ingrid

So one of my readers, Ruby, has shown me her pages about vintage stuff and Ingrid. Ruby's live journal is a robust collection of Ingrid images and tales. Ruby is a devout fan and deserves a shout out here! Thanks for the page link Ruby and keep up the good work! :)

Check out her blogspot as well @ La Vie en Rose

Mad props for the name-- I <3 Edith Piaf! 

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ingrid Video by Catalina

This video is on on Catalina's photostream. Catalina always has new and fantastic pictures and photos of Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini!
This video is a great addition to the photostream!

Interview With Ingrid: Real Feelings about Casablanca and Bogart

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Oh Hay Ingrid!

Since creating the Ingrid Bergman blog, I have gone through a great number of photographs and pictures of Ingrid, moreso than when I was simply just looking at our hero. I have also read many books about Ingrid, her work, and life. The reading and visuals have provided me with topics for conversation, questions about who she really was and have given me a gateway to an intricate web of tales of fact, fiction and opinion. 
I would like to address a type of photo that really stands out in my view of Ingrid Bergman's life. There are many pictures of Ingrid holding hay, sitting on or next to farm equipment, and acting like a "Swedish milk-maid" or "the girl next door." Based on things I've read about her early career as well as interviews held with Ingrid, it makes sense that they marketed her this way. She didn't want to do the same nip/tuck thing all the other stars were doing, so they decided to promote her as "natural" and "innocent." Due to the events following her early career, the "Rossellini period," if you will, these pictures stand out. 
I feel like the studios, photographs and films from Ingrid's early years in America, set her up as an idealistic figure that no one, including Ingrid, could ever fully achieve. Though not all of her characters were so innocent, they were often victims, as most female characters of the time are, if they are not a femme fatale (which we all know what happens to them...whawh-whawh.). Ingrid's timing of her career and "scandal" were historically a bombshell. The times were all about ideals, conformity, patriotism, Christian based morality, communism, international relations and maintaining neutrality, as well as remaining in one's set gender roles: especially if one were in the limelight as well as a wife and mother. 
Ingrid always did what she wanted; I like that.
Her "saint-like" appeal to Americans and their devotion to her really backfired when she went on a new artistic and romantic endeavour. It was not her firest liaison with an extramarital affair but because Americans saw her as Sister Bendidict, it did not go over well.

I think the pictures of Ingrid with hay are beautiful and of course they wanted to promote her as much as possible, but with her story, they set her up for unavoidable disaster.

Here are the now almost literal bomb shell pictures:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ingrid and Isabella

My friend Adi just said that she was surprised to see Isabella so young in a picture with Ingrid. Well here's a quick crazy video about Green Porno and then Ingrid and Isabella.

Don't forget to check out Green Porno


A sequence of photos dedicated to dark eye wear.
Chic? I know.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Do you think that these were knitted for her children? It looks like pictures of her knitting were taken during Stromboli and Europa '51--I'm not saying they were knitted for bambinos but I think it would be nice if they were. :)

Where's Ingrid?

Let's play a little game called, "Where's Ingrid?"
Can you find Ingrid in the photo? (LOL)

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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