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Monday, July 21, 2008

NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND.............. ................ INGRID BERGMAN ............ FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

INGRID BERGMAN aged 27 during the filming of FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS circa July 1942

She won three Oscars. A Tony and two Emmy’s


No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

These famous words by John Donne were not originally written as a poem - the passage is taken from the 1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and is prose. The words of the original passage are as follows:

John Donne
Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."

¿Por quién doblan las campanas? Argentina / Mexico / Spain
Pour qui sonne le glas Canada (French title) / France
Wem die Stunde schlägt Austria / West Germany
Gia poion ktypa i kabana Greece
Hvem ringer klokkerne for? Denmark
Kenelle kellot soivat Finland
Klockan klämtar för dig Sweden
Per chi suona la campana Italy
Por Quem os Sinos Dobram Brazil

For Whom the Bell Tolls NEW YORK PREMIERE 14 July 1943;
Swedish premiere 28 April 1944.
Spanish premier 1978 (it was banned by Franco)

If you look carefully you can see a young and very skinny Yvonne De Carlo in the Spanish cafe scene!


Ingrid Bergman ... María
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo
Arturo de Córdova ... Agustín (violent)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Anselmo (guide)
Mikhail Rasumny ... Rafael (Gypsy)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Fernando (calm)
Eric Feldary ... Andrés (courier to Gen. Golz)
Victor Varconi ... Primitivo (lookout)
Katina Paxinou ... Pilar WON OSCAR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS; famous Greek stage actress
Joseph Calleia ... El Sordo
Lilo Yarson ... Joaquin
Alexander Granach ... Paco
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Gustavo
Leonid Snegoff ... Ignacio
Leo Bulgakov ... General Golz
Duncan Renaldo ... Lt. Berrendo
Frank Puglia ... Captain Gomez
Pedro de Cordoba ... Colonel Miranda
Michael Visaroff ... Staff officer
Martin Garralaga ... Captain Mora
Jean Del Val ... The Sniper
John Mylong ... Colonel Duval (as Jack Mylong)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Kashkin (as Feodor Chaliapin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maxine Ardell ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Peasant who flails González (uncredited)
Dick Botiller ... Sergeant (Elias' man) (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... Young cavalryman (uncredited)
Eduardo Ciannelli ... (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Man who flails the mayor (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Elias' man (uncredited)
George Coulouris ... André Massart (uncredited)
Michael Dalmatoff ... Mayor Benito García (cliff victim) (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... Cafe girl (uncredited)

Yvonne De Carlo ... Girl in cafe (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Soldier #1 (uncredited)
Lynda Grey ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez ... Guillermo's wife (uncredited)
Christopher King ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
Alice Kirby ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Elias' man (uncredited)
Louise La Planche ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
Manuel López ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Antonio Molina ... Guillermo (cliff victim) (uncredited)
Ernesto Morelli ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Soldier #2 (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Ricardo (cliff victim) (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Officer of Civil Guards shot by Pablo (uncredited)
Marcella Phillips ... Cafe girl (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Soldier #3 (uncredited)
Tito Renaldo ... Young sentry from Anselmo's village (uncredited)
Luis Rojas ... Drunkard who flails Guillermo (uncredited)
Armand Roland ... Julian (horseman killed by Roberto) (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Karkov (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Bored sentry reading newspaper (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Faustino Rivero (handsome cliff victim) (uncredited)
José Luis Tortosa ... Civil Guard (uncredited)
Trini Varela ... Spanish singer (Madrid cafe) (uncredited)

$3,000,000 (estimated)

$7,100,000 (USA)

Filming Dates
July 1942 - October 1942 JUST AFTER CASABLANCA (1942)

I like Gary Cooper and I like the Spanish setting. Hemingway had Gary Cooper in mind even before he wrote the original book (as per Cooper's daughter). The character is a composite of a Spanish professor whom Hemmingway knew in Spain and Cooper who was from Montana like Robert Jordan.

I love the musical score from VICTOR YOUNG (two OSCARS; he did the music to the QUIET MAN,AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS -probably his most famous sountrack, RIO GRANDE (John Ford),Johnny Guitar (a classic western with Joan Crawford). He also did the soundtrack for the SANDS OF IWO JIMA and died Nov 10 1956 (the Marine Corps Anniversary). He won his Oscar postuhomously.

GREAT QUOTE from Ingrid Bergman:(she had been gang raped by nationalist rebels)

In spite of all the things that were done to me...I never kissed a man until you...and now there are only three days and three nights!

ROBERTO Are you afraid?
Maria: Not now. I love you, Roberto. Always remember. I love you as I loved my father and mother, as I love our unborn children, as I love what I love most in the world, and I love you more. Always remember.
ROBERTO I'll remember.
Maria: Nothing can ever part us now, can it?
ROBERTO Nothing, Maria.

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS was Ingrid Bergman' 's first Technicolor film.

Ingrid Bergman was in her late 20’s and at the height of her beauty and charm.

Bergman could speak Swedish (her native language), German (her second language; her mother was German) English (learned when brought over to United States but she always had a slight Swedish accent) Italian (one of her husband was Italian) French (learned formally from teachers.

In addition, she acted in each of these languages at various times on the stage or in film which is really remarkable.

I don’t think any other great actress even comes close in this regard.

She was gorgeous as a young woman but she was not primarily a skinny model type. She had three children (two with the director Robert Rosselini) and really by her late 30’s and 40’s she was very full figured.

She lost some weight for Anastasia (1956)that she put on during her Italian years but by the time she made INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958) she was quite middle aged and (by Hollywood standards) fat.

The Original book on which INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS was called the “Little Woman” because Glady Alyward as so small and thin (only about 100 pounds!) so the had to find a new title for the film because there was nothing little about Ingrid . I think she was 5 ‘ 10 or 5 ‘ll and even in her prime probably weighed at least 145.
That film was Robert Donat's final film. His last lines were "I think we shall never meet again. Farewell." He played the part of a roguish Mandarin who converts to Christianity in the end.

In Ingrid's later films I am sure she was not 200 but 175 or more.
She was not a small woman. BUT A GREAT ACTRESS and a mother of three children.

My Auld Pop would have said "yon's nae a paltry woman!"

He always said 'paltry women wadna survive a Highland winter until Easter."

I like Gary Cooper too and of course this is the only book and film I know where the hero is an American Spanish teacher. I love Hemingway's novel too of course.

In the film Greek actress Katrerina Paxinou one the Oscar for best supporting actress as the matronly earthy Pilar.

See the uncut version and read the book or at least scenes of the book on which the film was based.

Amazingly there has never been a CD of the soundrack but I have an old mono LP of the soundtrack from the fifties.

Of all the Hemingway films this was the closest to his own work.

Ingrid was a great favorite of my parents and they knew her daughter Pia Lindstrom socially (she was a TV announcer in New York in the 1960’s and 1970’s). My mother could speak several languages fluently including Swedish and German.

Pia would go to all the plays and operas and fund raisers etc. She was almost as tall and beautiful as her mother EXCEPT she was very thin and trim all the times we saw her.

Of course CASABLANCA is probably Bergman's most famous movie and I like it but it is NOT my favorite Bogart or Bergman movie.

My favorite Bogart film ("Bumphrey Gocart" was our affectioate nickname for him)is probably PETRIFIED FOREST and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (and Inn of the Sixth Happiness) are my favorite Bergman movies.

Long live Ingrid the Berg (the Mountain)as my father used to call her.

And he loves her all the more!

(Richard K. Munro 1955- )

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