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Updated: 2018-03-05T17:20:28.143-08:00

 



Happy 100th Birthday Ingrid Bergman!

2015-08-29T20:45:02.860-07:00

Happy Birthday Ingrid Bergman! Today would have been Ingrid's centennial birthday and the 33rd anniversary of her death. She was a woman who lived a full life and it turned out to be a full circle.Here are some of my favorite Ingrid Bergman clips. Thank you Ms. Bergman for your constant inspiration and for all the amazing films you did. You were a true star.Here is a wonderful interview with Michael Douglas, where Ingrid discusses acting like a dog with her father and her life as an actress. The elephant trunk part makes me laugh. allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XwQ-CmoSDP8/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XwQ-CmoSDP8?feature=player_embedded" width="320">Here is my favorite scene from Autumn Sonata, Ingrid's last film on the silver screen. She knew how to play piano, and though the music was dubbed, the fingering and positioning were correct. I find this film and this scene in particular incredibly poignant and powerful. Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergman (no relation) also being two amazing filmmakers and people who Ingrid not only worked with, but touched with her performance skills.  allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/CxA94uSQ-t0/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CxA94uSQ-t0?feature=player_embedded" width="320">Speaking of that influence, here is an interview with Liv Ullman in which she talks about Ingrid's work on Autumn Sonata and who Ingrid was as a person. She had a strong personality and was extremely honest, still marvelous to hear.Here is a scene from Gaslight (1944). If you haven't seen this film, don't watch this clip. See the whole film. This was the first of her films I saw and I was hooked. Her performance overall is amazing, but in this scene she executes a moment by moment performance that not only won her an Oscar, but also is one of the best performances ever recorded. Working with Charles Boyer, Angela Lansbury and Joseph Cotton as well as directed by the great George Cukor.  allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UVtrTqH5G88/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UVtrTqH5G88?feature=player_embedded" width="320">Here is Ingrid's first American film, a remake of the Swedish, Intermezzo. Again, we find her behind the ivories, tickling them in perfect fashion and creating a character so lovely and complicated one cannot look away. Also, it seems she never stops working with A-list talent, her love in this film being Lesley Howard.  allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fCDKijpdtCM/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fCDKijpdtCM?feature=player_embedded" width="320">This is my favorite Ingrid Bergman film: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious. Much like Casablanca, the historical timing and relevance of this film is insurmountable. They just made it in under the wire with discussions of South American Nazis and illegal activity with Uranium. Too close to the papers some might think, but it made perfect drama for this film. She works with Claude Rains and Cary Grant, two fantastic leading men and this film is so sexy and brilliant it almost hurts my brain. The key, the uranium, the drunken car ride and who can forget the kiss scene?  allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Zu8JASfWb6A/0.jpg" frameborder="0" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zu8JASfWb6A?feature=player_embedded" width="320">Now I will leave you with a few other scenes that I love for various reasons, but I'm going to let them speak for themselves. There are so many fantastic films and clips of Ingrid Bergman and her performances can work completely on their own.The Spellbound dream sequence. allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/dn7EpvZSsVI/0.jpg" frameborder[...]



Ingrid Bergman's Centennial Month

2015-08-18T12:02:09.401-07:00

August 29th will mark Ingrid Bergman's 100th birthday as well as the 33rd anniversary of her death. Cannes hosted her face on their billboards and programs this year, a gorgeous photo of her from the 1950s that was fresh, sleek and a perfect celebration of someone who contributed to that festival specifically.Other institutions are also celebrating the genius, style and choices of Ms. Bergman. The New Yorker just posted an article by Richard Brody called "A Life of Her Own: Celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s centenary onscreen"  In which Ingrid is referred to as a "genius" and  someone who "excelled at playing strong-willed, independent-minded women; she herself was one, and she paid a higher price for her artistic ambition and personal freedom than did any other movie star." The article goes further into her history and the parts she played, but also lets us know that Ingrid will be celebrated at a few venues, which is the news I would like to share with everyone today.Here are some events happening, celebrating the life and films of Ingrid Bergman. If you can attend any of these, please tweet any photos, videos or links to me @alexis_morrell on Twitter. I will retweet and post here, hashtag #IngridBergman and/or #IngridBergmanFilms. You can also share them on the Facebook Page: Ingrid Bergman Life and Films .Retrospective at MOMA NYC Aug. 29-Sept. 10 called: Ingrid Bergman: A Centennial Celebration. "August 29 marks the 100th anniversary of Ingrid Bergman’s birth, an occasion MoMA will observe with a selection of films from her 50-year career—as chosen and, where possible, introduced by her children Pia Lindstrom, Roberto Rossellini, Jr., Isabella Rossellini, and Isotta Ingrid Rossellini..." To learn more about the exhibit and events, please visit: https://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1592BAMcinématek retrospective from September 12—29, 2015: BAM presents a stage and screen saluteto one of the most iconic actresses of the 20th century. For more information, please visit: http://www.bam.org/film/2015/ingrid-bergmanAFI Cultural Center Screenings: Throughout the months of August and September, AFI Cinemas in Silver Spring Maryland will be having screenings of Ingrid Bergman films. Check out showtimes and where to get tickets here: https://silver.afi.com/Browsing/EventsAndExperiences/EventDetails/0000000004I will post more as I hear of them! [...]



9 Moments From Ingrid Bergman on her 99th Birthday

2014-08-29T13:27:50.093-07:00

Aside from all the moments in Ingrid's work, there are a few that come to mind that are a bit out of the ordinary. This list changes, but I thought I'd give 9 of them to you on her 99th birthday!9. The champagne scene from "Anastasia." Because all they serve there is champagne. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/z1L-qxQuWzU?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />8. The dancing scene from "Cactus Flower." The film is scored by Johnny Williams (aka John Williams) and why aren't we still doing these moves? I am. I'm still doing these moves. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/E8NNIKbhOL0?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />7. The patriotism scene from "Notorious." I've used this line too many times. It's fantastic, especially after a night of drinking and driving. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/ssC0Ta8vl8c?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />6. The bed scene from "Indiscreet." "When Harry Met Sally" totally stole this technique from Stanley Donen, but I'm not complaining. It's sexy, funny and WORKS. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/oygaiCoA6x0?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />5. The Chopin scene from "Autumn Sonata." This one isn't funny, but it's one of the most moving scenes in her work. Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman all in the same room, plus Ingrid shows off how she can tickle the ivories.  allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/hCuGGamaGX4?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />4. The dream sequence from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." This is a colorized version, which normally I'm not a fan of, but in this case, it makes it more terrifying and creepy. Ivy is a hot mess, and I think that's great.    allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/h58ZxsLPiIg?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />3. The piano scene from "Intermezzo." Women can play piano faster than men can play violin. Also, never hire a hot piano teacher because she will steal your husband and your children will love her more. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/fCDKijpdtCM?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />2. The dancing scene from "Indiscreet." Cary Grant hopping around like an idiot and Ingrid pretending to be mad at him. Two words: Gold dress. 1. The psychotic break scene from "Gaslight." You know you've earned your Oscar when they coin a phrase after your performance, and I'm not just "gaslighting" you about this one.   allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/UVtrTqH5G88?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />[...]



Happy Birthday Ingrid Bergman!

2014-08-29T12:40:29.968-07:00



Today marks the 99th birthday for our beloved Ingrid Bergman! It also is the 32nd anniversary of her death. That's right, if this is your first time reading one of my birthday posts, fun fact: Ingrid Bergman died on her 67th birthday.

Ingrid's life was one filled with as much drama as the parts she played on the screen. Her mother died when she was 3, her father died when she was 12 and her aunt died in Ingrid's arms 6 months following. She worked hard for her dreams. She studied theater, piano and singing and acting was always her calling. She was a beauty who knew how to work the system.



The drama didn't end there. She had a baby when she was 23 and was married to a dentist who followed her to Hollywood when her career took off and made her a star. She had affairs with powerful men, including Victor Fleming (75 years ago... You know, the guy who directed "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind" in the same year), Robert Capa (the guy who took those famous WWII Normandy photos and later died because he stepped on a land mine) and later she would end her marriage with Peter Lindstrom by fleeing the states for Italy with Roberto Rossellini.
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She was declared "Persona Non Grata" on the US Senate floor and wouldn't return to the States until after a decade.

Her work spoke for itself and for her. It lives on, thankfully, and though her full-circle time on this earth expired, her films immortalized those beautiful moments on screen.

Personally, I feel Ingrid Bergman has been a humanized star. She is someone I've watched time and again bring life to the screen and she has always inspired me to follow my ambitions and dreams.

Today, I celebrate the life and work of Ingrid Bergman, though I carry her in my head and heart everyday to utilize part of her path to guide my own.

The world made a better place thanks to Ingrid's work, especially the cinematic world.

Happy Birthday, Ingrid!








"Casablanca" Screening TONIGHT!

2014-03-04T14:05:35.627-08:00

Tonight, in 20 cities, "Casablanca" will screen on the silver screen!
I just obtained my FREE pass for the Los Angeles screening and can't wait to go!

Find out which cities are screening and get your free pass HERE!





TCM "Casablanca" Screenings in March!

2014-02-06T11:23:28.173-08:00

On March 4th, TCM is bringing "Casablanca" back to the silver screen. If you haven't seen it that way, see it. It's amazing. Totally made for the big screen (because of course it was) and it will make your heart pound right out of your chest. The tears will stream out of your eyes. You will probably need a gin fizz or something fun afterwards.
Ten of the cities have been named:
CHICAGO • PHILADELPHIA • SAN FRANCISCO • BOSTON • WASHINGTON, DC
ATLANTA • DETROIT • SEATTLE • MIAMI • DENVER

You can go to the TCM 20th Anniversary site and vote for the next ten cities. Vote for where you can see the film!

Voting ends Feb 18th.



Ingrid On Netflix

2014-02-06T11:13:57.151-08:00

Some of Ingrid Bergman's films can now be watched instantly on Netflix Instant Watch!
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was recently added to a wonderful collection of films. They used to have more of her films up, but I guess they're in a cycle. Anyway, keep an eye out for movies trickling into the streaming network, but until then, watch this one!





Autumn is the Time For Bergman

2013-10-14T20:51:36.382-07:00

I recently had a revelation that I haven't posted her in a long time and that I would like to attempt to get back in to Bergman blogging.

I just wrote a post on my blog, Alexis Morrell Comedy, about Ingrid Bergman and the film "Autumn Sonata."

I'd like it to be available to everyone here as well, so here is a link: "Autumn Sonata"

I feel badly for not continuing my work here. I have been in graduate school and then have been working in film since. I guess I have to, like Ingrid, follow my dreams.

I did visit the TCM Film Festival this past year, I also thought about Ingrid on her birth/death day and have been longing to write to you all once again.

If you went to the TCMFF, please feel free to post comments and thoughts! I hope that I can figure out a way to go again this year. I have lost my status as a student, so those passes are no longer at my disposal... Official first world problems.





2014 Ford Fiesta Movement

2013-03-03T17:04:27.855-08:00

Hello Everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a very long time... I am wrapping up my final semester at USC School of Cinematic Arts and I am involved in a bunch of projects... Not leaving me much time to write about Ingrid Bergman too much.
I plan on attending the 2013 TCM Film Festival and hope that you will too! It's always fun and generally there's one or two Ingrid Bergman films... Let's hope it happens again!

I am writing this post because I am applying to be a part of the "Ford Fiesta Movement" again! Ford gives out 100 cars for 8 months to people who are film savvy, creative and have a web presence. I did this in 2009 and would love the chance to do it again!

Here is my video... If you like it, please "like" it on Youtube and Subscribe!


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I also have a Facebook Page for it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ford-Fiesta-Movement-Alexis-Page-/66806812366

You can also follow me on Twitter @alexis_morrell
And on Instagram @lex112884

Thank you for reading!
-Alexis



Happy Birthday and RIP Ingrid Bergman

2012-08-29T09:28:51.590-07:00

30 years ago, today, Ingrid Bergman passed away from cancer.
97 years ago, today, Ingrid Bergman was born in Sweden.


A full circle life that was, luckily, caught on camera and immortalized for everyone, including those of us who weren't around during her lifespan.

A letter:

Dear Ingrid Bergman,

Thank you for existing. Your 67 years on this earth were filled with very public joys and pains. You made films with some of the most historically famous filmmakers of all time; Hitchcock, Jack Cardiff, Roberto Rossellini, Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, among others. You worked with some of the most recognizable faces in the "Golden Days" of the industry; Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotton, Liza Manelli, Mel Ferrer, Anthony Perkins, Yves Montand, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains and many more. If you showed this resume to anyone, they'd faint.

We, your fans, are glad that you existed. We now have the technology and capability to watch you on Netflix, pop in a DVD and see your films or buy VHS copies of hard to find movies from amazon.com. Longtailing is a wonderful thing. You weren't here to witness the internet... Probably in your best interest.

Your humanity was one of the first revealed to the public. You made some choices in life that remind us that no one in infallible and people have to live with their decisions. None of us care. We all love you.

I personally am grateful for your existence because I am trying to work in the film/TV industry and having you as a guiding light is always an inspiration. It sounds crazy, but you've helped me over the years and always have given me an excuse to write, laugh and cry. Thank you for this.

Happy Birthday Ingrid. You are a shining star that forever burns on celluloid.






TCM's "Summer Under The Stars" Ingrid Bergman Day August 29th

2012-08-01T12:39:25.615-07:00

Just like previous summers, Turner Classic Movies will be hosting their annual Summer Under The Stars instillation. On August 29th, they will be screening Ingrid Bergman films from 6am - around 3am the next day. As most of you know, that is Ingrid's birthday and the day she died. So, if you're lucky enough to have cable and TCM, you will be able to call into work and glue yourself to the television for the following films (Eastern Standar Time): 6:00am -- Adam Had Four Sons (1941)7:45am -- Rage In Heaven (1941)9:30am -- Saratoga Trunk (1945)12:00pm -- Under Capricorn (1949)2:00pm -- Stromboli (1950)4:00pm -- Europa '51 (1951)6:00pm -- Gaslight (1944) 8:00pm -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)10:00pm -- Casablanca (1942) 12:00am -- Joan Of Arc (1948) 2:30am -- Elena And Her Men (1956) 4:15am -- Autumn Sonata (1978)This arrangement shows a variety in the films she made. The various directors she worked with and styles they all used. It's interesting that of the three Hitchcock films Ingrid starred in, Under Capricorn was chosen. The film itself wasn't a hit and it is lacking in some of the plot points, but if you're looking for innovation and risk taking it doesn't get much better than that......Jack Cardiff behind the camera, people falling backwards from a puzzle-like table just to pull a dolly holding a giant technicolor camera... It's full of trivia. Also- for about 5 minutes, Ingrid talks like a drunk, Irish woman. Pretty great. Be sure to set your DVR to the appropriate times... TCM only functions on Eastern Standard Time, so sometimes it can throw other timezones for a loop. Be sure to comment or leave reactions if you like on the blog, the facebook page or on twitter! [...]



2012 Turner Classic Film Festival

2012-04-29T00:55:01.557-07:00

I, once again, attended my favorite event in Los Angeles, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.This year, the festival had a bit of rain but it didn't dampen the spirits of the classic film fans. The festival had a multitude of options and though I could not make it to everything they had or even everything I wanted to see, I still had a wonderful time.The Turner Classic Film banner that hangs over the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Blvd.The first film I saw was the Howard Hawks, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn team in Bringing Up Baby. This film is one of my all time favorites, so seeing it on the big screen, like it aught to be seen was such a thrill. If you get the chance, see it this way. The already hilarious and well plotted scenes open up more for the eye. The film was there as part of an "architecture in film" exhibition. Truly a delight.Robert Osbourne and Stanely Donen in the Egyptian Theater My film festivities were put on a slight hold for Thursday and Friday due to school and my family was in town. I unfortunately couldn't be in three places at once, so I missed Young Frankenstein and the Q&A with my hero, Mel Brooks. I hope that someone will screen this movie on the big screen soon, I'm dying to see it. Maybe Cinespia at Hollywood forever might do it, who knows?On Saturday, a schoolmate gave me his matinee pass so I could take my sister to the festival. She had never been and she's not normally a huge black&white/classic film fan, but I convinced her that Casablanca was going to be worth the venture and that it would mean a lot to me if she would go. Well, we had such a blast! I don't know if I've been that happy in a long time. I was in my favorite place, watching Ingrid Bergman in a 70th Anniversary restored edition of the film and the host was Leonard Maltin. We sat in Grauman's and she told me that she was having a great time. I could have died right there. I was welling up with tears, tears of joy, but it was such a sincere and fantastic memory.My beautiful sister, Erin, waits in line with me for "Casablanca"In the lobby at Grauman's they had dresses and costume gowns in glass cases from various films. Here are some photos of the dresses. Just another, new added touch to the TCM Film Fest a much appreciated bit of history and it totally brings the films to life.The Gowns and Costumes that were on display and a photo of my sister at #TCMFFAfter my family flew back to the east coast, I luckily didn't have to worry about post visit blues. Sunday, I decided to fill my dance card with movie after movie. I started with The Black Narcissist, starring Deborah Kerr and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. I had never seen the film and it was spectacular on the big screen. Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's editor and widow of the film's director, Michael Powell, talked after the film. It was wonderful to hear her talk about her husband, the film and her work.Robert Osbourne claps for the director of "Charade," Stanley DonenStanley Donen (left), Ingrid Bergman and an unnamed hair stylist  on the set of "Indiscreet"I then made my way to Charade, Stanley Donen's comedic film starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I could have melted into the seat in the Egyptian theater. I love Stanley Donen films... Singin' In the Rain, Two For the Road and of course, Indiscreet. He is the type of director I'd like to be. His stories incorporate music, dancing, comedy, drama and life. So well done. I've met him once and heard him talk several times now, he's an inspiration. Charade was divine, as always. I'm now on an Audrey Hepburn bender, trying to watch everything in her canon. It's an enjoyable adventure, I advise doing it.Robert Osbourne welcomes director Stanley DonenAfter Charade and some California Pizza [...]



AFI and Ingrid Bergman Honor Orson Welles:

2012-04-29T00:49:32.614-07:00

Here's a groovy speech by Ingrid at AFI's honoring of Orson Welles. She looks like she's ready to dance at the discotech right after the show. Enjoy!


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1973 Merv Griffin Cannes Film Festival Interview with Ingrid Bergman

2012-04-29T00:42:07.483-07:00

Here is a really fantastic interview with Ingrid during the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. She looks gorgeous and her answers are so wonderful. What an inspiration!

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Retrobites CBC Interviews with Ingrid Bergman

2012-04-29T00:42:55.025-07:00

I recently found some interviews on Youtube of Ingrid Bergman. They are from the CBC as part of their "Retrobites" series.
They are just another wonderful window into Ingrid's life and work. Thank you to CBC for posting!

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Another Chance to See "Casablanca"

2012-04-24T17:49:34.595-07:00

If you're in the states, there's another chance to see Casablanca this Thursday!
(Click on the image below for ticket information and more general information.)


If you attend the screening or have any comments/posts about the quality of the new digital projection, let us know! It would be great to hear any stories about screenings or your personal Casablanca tales.

I will post about TCM and my Casablanca experience soon as well as some tid bits about Julie Andrews and Stanley Donen!




TCM Film Festival 2012

2012-04-14T18:47:53.909-07:00

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Hello Everyone-
I hope you're having a wonderful spring!
I have been going to screenings at the TCM Film Festival, once again... Just returned from the screening of Casablanca at Grauman's Chinese Theater. It was the 70th Anniversary renovated edition. I'll definitely post about the festival and the screenings as soon as I finish attending!

If you're at the Festival, please post a comment or tweet at me @alexis_morrell on twitter.

You can also follow the festival @tcmfilmfest

"Here's looking at you kid..."




Casablanca Part 2: Lost in Morocco

2012-03-19T22:52:29.636-07:00

Another post about Casablanca's screenings on Wed...I received an email from another devout Classic Film/Ingrid fan, Geoff Renstrom, asking to promote the screenings of Casablanca... Here's the note. Be sure to see the film and visit their website! "Hello, Plan on a night filled with suspense, intrigue romance, and fantastic lines. That’s right; Casablanca is headed back to the big screen for a 70thanniversary celebration. Join your favorite characters Rick and Ilsa for this timeless classic, a part of cinema history. NCM Fathom, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Bros are coming together again to present Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event in select movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00PM (local time). The event will begin with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne taking audiences behind the scenes of this epic love story in a special original production showcasing stories from those who were on set and those who simply admire this timeless classic. Audiences will then be able to see again on the silver screen this beautiful and timeless classic. We hope you’ll spread the word about this fantastic event by sharing information about Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event with your readers through mediums such as blog posts, newsletters, Facebook and Twitter. For more downloadable tools and additional details about Casablanca, including information on participating movie theaters and tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com Please let us know if we can provide any other information to facilitate your outreach. Thank you for your support. ---- Geoff Renstrom Pure Brand Communications"The website holds details about tickets, contests, prizes and other Casablanca themed fun! Be sure to check it out and report back to the blog! Can't wait to hear about all of your movie adventures and I'll hopefully have time to post about mine! :)[...]



Casablanca 70th Anniversary Celebrations!

2012-03-19T22:39:45.895-07:00

Hi everyone!Sorry it's been so long since I last posted. My life has been going in a fantastic direction lately and I've been completely overwhelmed with work (Graduate school, filmmaking, writing, and watching!) width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EJvlGh_FgcI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="">I'm sure some of you have receieved updates from TCM about the 70th anniversary screenings of Casablanca this week... "The quintessential Hollywood love story returns to the big screen this spring as Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 pm local time, with special matinees in select theaters. Movie audiences in theaters nationwide will be able to experience the time-honored classic in a stunning digital presentation by NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Warner Home Video. The event will be introduced by TCM host Robert Osborne who will discuss Casablanca's enduring legacy and reveal some of its fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Casablancastarred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid and became one of the most romantic films in the history of cinema. It won three Academy Awards in 1944 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.Tickets for Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be broadcast to nearly 500 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).Movie critic Leonard Maltin calls Casablanca "the best Hollywood movie of all time." The American Film Institute (AFI) voted it the screen's greatest love story and the No. 3 film of all time. The film's characters, dialogue and music have all become iconic in Hollywood movie history."There are few things more thrilling for movie lovers than being able to experience a true classic like Casablanca the way it was originally intended: on the big screen," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation for TCM, TNT and TBS. "We're proud to take part in this exciting event as we extend the magic of Turner Classic Movies to theaters across the country."Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one - especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance. "Like many, I have fond memories of watching Casablanca with my family," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. "Fans of this timeless cinematic treasure won't want to miss this one-time opportunity to experience Casablanca on the big screen once again as Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman take us back to the golden age of Hollywood." Turner Classic Movies Presents Casablanca 70th Anniversary Event is the third recent classic anniversary event presented in theaters by NCM Fathom Events including the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and 50th anniversary of West Side Story. Warner Home Video will release Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition on March 27 featuring a 3-Disc limited a[...]



NYTimes Article About "Casablanca" : 1943

2011-08-29T13:39:43.315-07:00

I stumbled upon this article about Casablanca and Ingrid's relationship to Hollywood. It's a very interesting article and since it's during WWII and about a movie that would change cinematic and parts of general history, I think it's worth reading. Here is a link to the NYTimes site and if you can't access it, here it is (as a quote, I DO NOT OWN THIS MATERIAL): - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -New York Times Article Link - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [...]



Happy 96th Birthday and RIP Ingrid Bergman

2011-08-29T11:32:08.206-07:00

Today is a bittersweet day for any Ingrid Bergman fan. It marks the 96th birthday of our beloved star but it also marks the 29th anniversary of her death. Personally, I think it's amazing that she lived her live in an exact fashion. Her life was full of so much drama and was, at times, more tumultuous than anyone should have to deal with and to finish in such a clean way, seals the deal. To me, Ingrid is a personal hero. She has such an interesting life story and was hanging out with the coolest people during a century that was such a fast paced, artistic yet square place to exist. She faced a rare problem of being an icon almost just off the bat and then was publicly demonized. She was in some of the most beautiful and famous movies ever made. Her face was captured by film, photos, art (Warhol) and admired by young and old. She was friends with Hemingway and romanced with Robert Capa. She worked with Hitchcock, David O. Selznick, Victor Fleming among others. Was on screen with Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Bing Crosby, Liv Ulman, and of course, Humphrey Bogart. She won 3 Oscars and an Emmy. A pretty impressive life. She has touched us all enough to read about her 29 years after her passing. I never met her, you probably didn't either. But we've all read or watched her so much that she has made it beyond the eyes and brain and into the soul. That's major Ingrid power.Today is a day to keep Ingrid on the brain. Watch your favorite Ingrid movie, listen to Woody Guthrie or "As Time Goes By" and just soak it up. You'll have a to wait another year to honor her birth and death. Just another thing I admire about her, efficiency. width="420" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/d22CiKMPpaY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> width="420" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LfIPdRNV7cg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> Thank you Ingrid for giving me inspiration and someone to admire. I am now in the film industry as well and forging ahead. I'd like to paraphrase what Pia said about her mother... "She was like a train on the tracks. If you weren't on board, get out of her way." Happy Birthday Ingrid Bergman. width="420" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oUUBe9LXfYg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="">[...]



Ingrid in the Bathroom/WC/Restroom/Toilet/Loo

2011-06-10T18:18:10.065-07:00


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Hello everyone! I'm back.

Once again from a long hiatus, but I am back none-the-less. How is everyone? Still in love w
ith Ingrid Bergman? I know I am. I might be even more smitten these days... Because I have been at some events that showcased her beautiful face, talent and persona. Let me fill you in...

I went to a Los Angeles crew screening of the new movie Bridesmaids. It was at the Westwood Theater here in L.A. and in the bathroom I found a funny and pleasant surprise... Photos of Ingrid from Casablanca! After I stopped laughing, I took a photo of the photo and freaked out several ladies waiting in line. It was worth taking the picture though. Just made me feel more connected to Ingrid, this time in a truly intimate setting. Lol.


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I think this is appropriate, don't you? It's not like she was hanging over or near the toilets. Just in the powder/waiting room outside. It was cute and I liked it. The movie was awesome too.

The second thing I would like to post about... Is the TCM Classic Film Festival... but now that I think about it-- I think I'm going to keep you in suspense and work on a post solely dedicated to that event. HINT: It was fun :)




Elizabeth Taylor

2011-03-24T13:11:52.909-07:00

Yesterday, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79.
Now, the disclaimer: I am not an expert in anything Elizabeth Taylor (with the exception of her "White Diamond's" commercial) and I'm also not a fan of hers.


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Elizabeth Taylor's epic "White Diamonds" commercial. I not only know what this commercial looks like, thanks to my Mom, I know the smell of the perfume. Well played, Taylor. Well played.

I think it's hard for any of us Classic Film fans to lose any of our favorites. My condolences to Elizabeth Taylor fans (as well as her family and friends who are not reading this post, but they're out there somewhere). She made some films that are essential to filmmaking and are well crafted, some of my favorites: National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe? She was also in Cleopatra, which was a bomb, but a hugely expensive film and a marker in film history.

She was famous for almost her entire life, acting in films when she was 10. Known early on for her symmetrical and attractive looks, her eyes and her talent she spent her whole life in a kind of "false reality." I can't imagine living that long in the spot light, there's no wonder she was yelling "Gladiator! Gladiator!" at the Oscars as well as prancing/wheeling around Neverland Ranch with Michael Jackson.

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One of my favorite Michael Jackson videos.

I know you've been waiting for me to comment about her social life. Her notorious marrying and re-marrying... stealing Debbie Reynold's husband, Eddie Fischer... but I feel like it's been said. Plus, if I'm going to talk about a lady who got around during her years in Hollywood... it's going to be Ingrid. I mean this blog isn't called "Elizabeth Taylor Life and Films," now, is it?

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Seriously, you should watch Carrie Fischer's "Wishful Drinking" one woman show. Hilarious.



Happy New Year

2010-12-31T20:48:03.654-08:00

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Hello everyone-
I hope you are all living it up somewhere, sleeping soundly, or maybe just on the internet like I am for your new year's eve. I'm not a big fan of this holiday, so I spent it with my parents. I am on the East Coast right now seeing family and friends. I go back to film school soon... and this past year has been a crazy one and one that has only deepened my love of cinema and the world of movies.
Though I haven't been the avid blogger I once was, I still love Ingrid Bergman as much as I did when I was more frequently posting.

I would like to tell you all that reading about classic film, writing about it and, of course, watching it has enhanced my abilities and knowledge at film school. I actually schooled this person, who shall remain nameless...
Here's my side of the story:

The person I was working with did a completely horrific job writing a script and was leaving everything until the last minute. I was trying to cut together a decent film noir and he was clueless... well... it came to "do you even know what your story is about?" and he didn't.
I literally chewed the man out by noting how Hitchcock's Notorious was pieced together-- plot point by plot point, detail by detail...
Well he was stunned. Left out to dry. I had had enough.
My editing teacher just looked at me, said "Very good." then slow clapped.
That's right. Slow clapped. If you don't know what this is-- google "movie slow clap" I'm sure something will come up.

I would like to thank the ghosts of Ingrid Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Ben Hecht, Alma Hitchcock, and what the hell... Cary Grant and Claude Raines (for good measure).

I hope everyone made a New Year's resolution to watch more Ingrid Bergman films or just classic films in general. Keep the art alive and feel free to comment.

Cheers!
Alexis



I'm Back!

2010-12-09T15:36:06.522-08:00

Hi everyone-
It has been a while since I've posted anything, and I hope to get back to writing more consistently.
This past semester has been CRAZY busy and I haven't had time to watch Ingrid and report back.

I am going to start working on some material and will hopefully have a more substantial post soon :)
Alexis