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New Face: Alicia Vikander Talks 'A Royal Affair' and 'Anna Karenina' (Exclusive Video)

20 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Not since Ingrid Bergman's 1939 debut in "Intermezzo" has a young Swedish actress made such a splashy transition from her native cinema. In this case, Alicia Vikander, age 24, stars in not one but two award season pictures. Vikander, a trained ballerina who opted to act instead of dance, stars in Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," in the pivotal role of Kitty, who breaks her lover Levin's heart, as well as Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," in which she plays a lonely English noblewoman who marries the King of Denmark. He turns out to be awkward and distant; eventually she falls instead for the radical intellectual doctor who looks after the childish king (another trained dancer, Mads Mikkelsen). It turns out that Vikander's feat starring in a Danish film was more challenging than acting in English, in which she is fluent. "A Royal Affair" director Nicolaj Arcels "couldn't find anyone who had that regal quality, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ingrid Bergman's Legacy: Remembering The Legendary Actress 30 Years After Her Death

28 August 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Ingrid Bergman, more than anyone else from the golden age of cinema, had a face made for the silvery light of black-and-white movies. The adjectives get overused -- luminescent, radiant -- but watch her in "Casablanca," "Gaslight," "Notorious," or any of her other black-and-white classics, and she really does appear to be lit from within. Maybe it was those Swedish cheekbones. Maybe it was her professed disdain for the heavy makeup worn by other screen goddesses of the era. Maybe it was the heartbreakingly pure smile of the dentist's wife. Or maybe it was some kind of inner flame -- a burning ambition, an iron will, steely courage -- that forged her character and gleamed in her eyes. Whatever it was, Ingrid Bergman -- who died 30 years ago, on August 29, 1982, and who was born on the same day, 67 years earlier -- had an inner glow that emanates from her films even now, »

- Gary Susman

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Blu-ray/DVD Release: Casablanca 70th Anniversary

17 January 2012 2:11 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $64.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” The classic 1942 romance movie, Casablanca won three Oscars and has inspired countless love scenes for the past 70 years.

Of course, Casablanca stars Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen) as an exiled American during World War II whose life gets complicated when his former lover (Ingrid Bergman, Intermezzo) walks into his bar. She’s now with the Czech underground leader (Paul Henreid, Operation Crossbow), but he gets detained by the Nazis.

Rated PG, the drama film won Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director (Michael Curtiz, The Comancheros) and the big one, Best Picture.

Casablanca has been released on Blu-ray in a few varieties, including a Two-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition packed with special features from 2008. The 70th Anniversay Edition contains the extras from earlier Blu-ray and DVD releases, but it does have »

- Sam

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – review

31 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Newcomer Rooney Mara makes a superb Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's faithful remake of the gritty Swedish crime thriller

In 1936 the Hollywood mogul David O Selznick bought the Swedish movie Intermezzo, signed up its star Ingrid Bergman and remade it in 1939 under the same title with Bergman repeating her original role in an otherwise British and American cast. During pre-production he sent a three-page memo to his chief producer about such adaptations. "I want to impress on you strongly," he wrote, "that the most important saving to be effected in remaking foreign pictures – a saving that more than offsets the doubtful foreign markets that have been used up by the original version, and that makes these remakes uniquely desirable – is in the shooting, by actually duplicating, as far as possible, the [earlier] film." And he added: "Granted a good cast, direction as good as Molander's on the original, a somewhat faster tempo than his, »

- Philip French

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