The world knows Ingrid Bergman as one of the most luminous actors to ever grace the screen. Her radiant presence and resolute strength carried her through a five-decade career and iconic collaborations with some of cinema’s greatest directors, including Hitchcock, Renoir, Bergman, and Rossellini. What’s less well-known about the star is that, when she wasn’t in the spotlight, she could often be found behind a camera of her own. At a young age, Bergman began capturing the world around her on Super 8 and 16 mm, and she continued to do so until the end of her life, leaving behind a treasure trove of archival material.
Out on disc this week, Stig Björkman’s intimate documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words illustrates her private and professional life through selections from these home movies, as well as her letters and photographs. We’re pleased to share a clip of her footage, featured on a program on our release. Below, enjoy this glimpse of her sharing a meal with Hitchcock around the time of their 1945 film Spellbound.