1949, BFI, 117 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock shot this film about a love triangle in 1830s Australia in long takes, à la ROPE, to explore the motivations of some very complex characters. Joseph Cotten is an Irish ex-convict turned successful landowner; Ingrid Bergman is his wife, being pushed toward alcohol-induced delirium until childhood acquaintance Michael Wilding appears. Jack Cardiff provides the striking Technicolor cinematography.

1954, Janus Films, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Roberto Rossellini

Inspired by Colette’s novel Duo, this subtle domestic drama stars director Roberto Rossellini’s then-wife, Ingrid Bergman, and George Sanders as an English couple who travel to Naples to sell a property they recently inherited. The marriage is strained and the two decide to spend time apart, taking in beautiful tourist spots as they decide whether they still have a future together. Beneath this simple narrative lies an emotional intensity and spirituality that has won such fans as Martin Scorsese and Sight & Sound’s team of critics, who recently named it as one of the 50 greatest films ever made. English-language version.

1978, Janus Films, 92 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

In a long-planned collaboration with director Ingmar Bergman (ironically no relation), actress Ingrid Bergman (CASABLANCA) returned to Swedish cinema after 40 years to play a concert pianist coming home to an anguished reunion with neglected daughter Liv Ullmann. Bergman was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, in what turned out to be her last feature film role. In Swedish with English subtitles.

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