n°107/ From Hollywood to Holiness

February 2014


by Nathalie Azoulai

Everybody knows that love goes with pain, especially great love but no one like Ingrid Bergman makes it more cinematic. Remember, in 1948, Bergman left her Hollywood fame, her first husband and first daughter to love Roberto Rosselini in Italy. Together they shot five movies in which the big American spoiled star confronts nature, misery, social struggles and loneliness. It's obvious Bergman was keen on changing the meaning of her life but did she really choose the consistent punishment Rossellini inflicts upon her? As an atonement along which she keeps destroying her previous life to dedicate herself to a new one no matter how much she has to pay for it; as a long path to some kind of Franciscan holiness. If their personal pictures just show laughters and dear understanding, their movies tell another story. Bergman and Rossellini broke up in 1957.


 Ingrid Bergman & Roberto Rossellini