The behind-the-scenes story of one of cinema's greatest romances, Liv Ullmann and her one-time lover Ingmar Bergman, is told in the new documentary "Liv and Ingmar," which premiered at the 50th annual New York Film Festival. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
In 1965, Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann began a long and fruitful on- and off-camera relationship with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. They fell in love, and Ullmann wound up starring in 10 of Bergman's films.
The couple never married, but they had a daughter together and remained close until Bergman's death in 2007.
That passionate romance is the subject of a new documentary directed by Dheeraj Akolkar, "Liv And Ingmar," which includes new interviews with Ullmann juxtaposed with letters Bergman sent to his one-time muse.
"It is about two people who saw each other, who listened to each other, who fell in love and also made that into a very deep friendship," says Ullmann. "I think it's something that people are longing for, not the least in our time, with Twitters and Facebooks and everything, when everything is so short and with a little machine, to see a movie where two people just looked at each other and wanted to know each other. Because I think that's what we all are looking for — 'Please recognize me, and I want to recognize you.'"
Ullmann says "Liv And Ingmar" stirred up long-buried memories, but was ultimately a gratifying experience.
"What was emotional was to see this finished movie, because there were so many things in the movie that I had forgotten or that I didn't even know about, surprises. And somehow it was like Ingmar talked to me and said, 'Hello Liv. I love you,'" says Ullmann.
For New York Film Festival showtimes for "Liv And Ingmar," visit filmlinc.com.