Ingrid Bergman in Europe

Ingrid Bergman in Europe

14 Episodes

Before she conquered Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman starred in a number of films in her native Sweden that showcased her daring range and passionate depth as an actor. Then in 1949, at the height of her stardom, she decamped for Italy to star in neorealist titan Roberto Rossellini’s STROMBOLI. It was a bold move that led to a remarkable (and scandalous) on- and offscreen partnership between the actress and director and brought the restlessly creative Bergman back into the world of European filmmaking. In her collaborations with Rossellini and auteurs such as Jean Renoir and Ingmar Bergman, she delivered some of the most indelible performances of her career. These classics are presented alongside Stig Björkman’s fascinating documentary INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS, which reveals the actress to be an adept personal filmmaker in her own right while offering fresh insight into her rich, tumultuous private life.

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Ingrid Bergman in Europe
  • Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

    Episode 1

    Directed by Stig Björkman • 2015 • Sweden

    Whether headlining films in Sweden, Italy, or Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman always pierced the screen with a singular soulfulness. With this new documentary, made on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of Bergman's birth, director Stig Björkman all...

  • The Count of the Old Town

    Episode 2

    Directed by Edvin Adolphson and Sigurd Wallén • 1935 • Sweden

    A hotel in Stockholm has vacancies that a cast of characters soon fills. Romance and rumor make their rounds through the building as those living and working under the same roof realize their fondness for each other.

  • Walpurgis Night

    Episode 3

    Directed by Gustaf Edgren • 1935 • Sweden

    Meant as a day to celebrate the arrival of spring, Walpurgis Night brings about a chilly course of events for Johan, his wife Clary, and his secretary Lena. An unhappy marriage leaves this trio out in the cold.

  • Intermezzo

    Episode 4

    Directed by Gustaf Molander • 1936 • Sweden

    On a visit home, the famous concert violinist Holger Brandt sweeps Anita Hoffman off her feet. She is a promising young pianist and gives lessons to Brandt's daughter Marie. He convinces her that he loves her when he leaves his wife and family and asks...

  • Dollar
    Episode 5


    Episode 5

    Directed by Gustaf Molander • 1938 • Sweden

    Money can't buy you happiness, but a lack of money can certainly bring you unhappiness, as a group of friends and their wives discover. The almighty dollar tests all of the relationships in this Swedish comedy.

  • A Woman’s Face

    Episode 6

    Directed by Gustaf Molander • 1938 • Sweden

    Sometimes two faces are better than one. A disfigured woman with a criminal history receives a new lease on life via the wonders of plastic surgery, but her past scars continue to leave an impression.

  • Only One Night

    Episode 7

    Directed by Gustaf Molander • 1939 • Sweden

    When Valdemar Moreaux a carousel operator in a travelling fun-fair owned by his girl friend, learns that he is the bastard son of an aristocrat, he moves into his father's manor to be made over into aristocrat himself. It is he the hope of Colonel von ...

  • June Night

    Episode 8

    Directed by Per Lindberg • 1940 • Sweden

    A woman is haunted by the press after the disastrous and violent end of her most recent relationship.

  • Stromboli

    Episode 9

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1950 • Italy, United States

    The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman's existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian...

  • Europa ’51

    Episode 10

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1952 • Italy

    In the Italian-language version of this film, Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to de...

  • Europe ’51

    Episode 11

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1952 • Italy

    In the English-language version of this film, Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to de...

  • Journey to Italy

    Episode 12

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1954 • Italy

    Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini's JOURNEY TO ITALY (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More t...

  • Elena and Her Men

    Episode 13

    Directed by Jean Renoir • 1956 • France, Italy

    Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's delirious romantic comedy Elena and her Men (Elena et les hommes) stars a radiant Ingrid Bergman as a beautiful, but impoverished, Polish pri...

  • Autumn Sonata

    Episode 14

    Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1978 • Sweden, West Germany

    Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema's two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca. The grand dame, playing an icy concert pianist, is matched beat...