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Ingrid Bergman: The Life, Career and Public Image

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Smit studies the woman behind the public image as a natural, wholesome, even saintly person, an image carefully crafted by Bergman's first producer David O. Selznick. Bergman hid behind that image to live her life on her own terms. That life included three difficult marriages, numerous lovers, and a major scandal that stained her reputation but which she survived by creating her own legend.

Bergman was filled with contradictions: she was dependent upon men and chafed under their control; she loved her children but constantly left them to perform; she longed for romance but walked away from her affairs without looking back; she desired to make great films but settled for being an entertainer; she hated the scrutiny of the media but learned to charm reporters.

The author also assesses Bergman's artistry--her star qualities and her acting skills. She did her best work in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, Roberto Rossellini's Voyage in Italy, and Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata. Her life and image were the inspiration for these films in the first place.

About the Author

David Smit is a professor of English at Kansas State University. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078647226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786472260
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,415,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps "Joyce Riley"confused the star rating system and meant to give the book five (5) stars instead of one? Her comment doesn't in any way justify her one star rating. The book is most informative for the Bergman fan, and it's honestly written.
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it is always interesting to read about famous people and their private lives. we have a vision of what
they are like on the screen and oftentimes their personal lives are quite different and we get a better
opinion of what they are really like. some have much sadness in their lives and we are quite surprised
we often view them as indestructible persons and find they are much like us with their ups and downs.
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I chose this rating because it's one of the best books I have ever read about Ingrid Bergman. It raises many pertinent questions and gives a balanced fair treatment of this extremely complex woman.
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