Top 10 Ingrid Bergman films

Top 10 Ingrid Bergman films

Ingrid Bergman was a beauty and a star.

Born in Stockholm in 1915, her first roles came in domestic Swedish films before she went on to crack America in the 1939 film Intermezzo. From then on, Hollywood fell in love, and filmmakers were pretty much knocking down her door.

We wanted to pay tribute to this captivating Hollywood star by remembering  10 of our favourite Ingrid Bergman film moments.

Intermezzo - 1939

Ingrid’s Hollywood debut came in the 1939 film Intermezzo, playing Anita Hoffman, telling the story of a famous violinist (Leslie Howard) who becomes charmed by his daughter’s talented piano teacher, who invites her to go on tour with him.

The film was a remake of the 1936 Swedish film of the same name which also starred Ingrid in the same role. It brought the young actress into the spotlight and we were instantly smitten, kicking off a career that would eventually make her known to the world as a Hollywood icon.

Casablanca - 1942

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine". Those were the now famous words of Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, as his old flame, Isla Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman, walked back into his life at his nightclub in Casablanca.

Though Inrgid said she could never quite understand the film’s appeal, Casablanca became movie gold and rocketed Ingrid's appeal further than no doubt even she ever imagined.

Notorious - 1946

Like the rest of us, Alfred Hitchcock saw something very special in Ingrid Bergman and knew he had to have her in his movies.

In their second collaboration, Ingrid took on the role of Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a German spy who is tasked by US government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant), to go undercover to Rio to foil a Nazi plot.

The dark film was a change for Hitchcock who, for the first time, created a serious love story, as a love triangle forms between Alicia, Devlin and Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), an old acquaintance. Hitchcock even defied the censor on kisses lasting more than three seconds, creating an iconic moment for both the director and actors.

Joan of Arc - 1948

Playing the French religious icon Joan of Arc was a role Ingrid had become obsessed with, considering it her dream project.

Reuniting her with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1941) director Victor Fleming, the film captured the life of the French heroine, who hears a message from God to lead a campaign against the crowning of the new King of France, an act that saw her being burnt at the stake in Rouen, France.

The film received mix criticism upon its release, though Ingrid was still nominated for a best actress Oscar. Joan of Arc marked the beginning of Bergman’s exile from Hollywood, and she wouldn’t return until her appearance in Anastasia (1956) eight years later.

Gaslight - 1944

George Cukor’s psychological thriller stars Ingrid as Paula Anton, the wife of a manipulative murderer (Charles Boyer) who slowly tries to convince her she’s going mad.

Set in Victorian London, Ingrid’s character finds herself torn between affection for her husband and the terror he tries to inflict on her.

This was the role that won Ingrid her first best actress Oscar in a film as audiences were wowed by her depiction of Paula's slow progression into insanity.

Stromboli, Terra Di Dio - 1950

Ingrid moved back to Europe and found work with popular Italian director Roberto Rossellini in Stromboli, Terra Di Dio where they made this Italian-language film that saw Ingrid play Karin, a Lithuanian war refugee so desperate to escape her conditions that she marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) and moves with him to the remote island of Stromboli.

Journey to Italy - 1954

Rossellini’s story of an unravelling marriage takes place in the Neapolitan Riviera, a stunningly picturesque place that finds English couple Alex (George Sanders) and Katherine Joyce (Inrgid Bergman) holidaying there.

Within days of their arrival, their marriage starts to deteriorate, and a mutual misunderstanding leads to jealousy on both sides. During their holiday, they take aimless trips together to art museums and nightclubs, but when they eventually come to a compromise, it's clear they're evidently still devoted to one another.

Anastasia - 1956

Ingrid made a triumphant return to the American screen in Anastasia, winning the best actress Oscar for the second time in her career.

Here she played the title role of Anastasia, an amnesiac princess who is roped into a plot by an exiled Russian, General Bounine (Yul Brynner) who wants to milk his family inheritance. Anna, who has no family left and with nothing to lose, agrees to help the general, no matter the cost.

Inrgid’s performance finally put her back into Hollywood’s good graces as she scooped up all major awards that season.

Murder on the Orient Express - 1974

Splitting her time between Hollywood and Europe during the later period of her career, Ingrid took on the role of Greta Ohlsson in director Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery novel.

A voice coach was brought in for Ingrid, who plays a Swedish woman returning to Europe after being away in Africa, because her natural accent had faded after working in Hollywood for so long. Her part was small, but she ended up picking up an Oscar and a BAFTA for her supporting role.

Autumn Sonata - 1978

Ingmar Bergman’s softly lit drama stars Liv Ullmann as Eva, the daughter to Ingrid’s concert pianist, Charlotte and the film picks up after a seven year visit between the two women who are both full of resentment.

The Swedish director takes a knife to the mother-daughter relationship, offering an insight into the bitter cycle of guilt and co-dependence. The Golden Globe winning film was the last theatrical release for Ingrid, who gives an astounding performance as Charlotte.