Monday, August 10, 2015

Ingrid Bergman Likes The Whip

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The end of August will mark one hundred years since the great actress Ingrid Bergman was born, and The Film Experience is celebrating her legacy all month -- twas my task to tackle her fourth Hollywood film, the 1941 version of Dr. Jekyl and Mr Hyde, and if you head over there you'll see I did just that this past Saturday. The movie's not great but she's certainly lively in it, and I could see early echoes of her later work, especially Alicia in Notorious (specifically whenever she's drunk). There's also a risque edge to the movie that surprised me even now. It's some kinky shit.
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2 comments:

Kelley Bradley said...

the version with Frederick March and Miriam Hopkins is much better. the direction by Rouben Mamoulian is amazingly cinematic for its time and the on-screen transformation by March is unforgettable.

joel65913 said...

I said this over of TFE but how the hell did they get away with that scene of Ingrid and Lana being whipped by Spencer Tracy?! I can't believe all they had to say was to the Hayes office was that its a dream sequence, the thing is dripping with sado-masochism. This at a time when married couples were supposedly sleeping in separate beds and you couldn't say the word pregnant in a movie.