Casablanca is pretty much a perfect film, but the making of it was anything but smooth. If you pick up the 2003 DVD of the movie, there's documentaries and great commentaries by Roger Ebert and Rudy Behlmer that can attest to this. But a new biography gives us a more inside perspective. The info comes from one of its stars, and one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the big screen: Ingrid Bergman. The book, cleverly titled Ingrid, was written by Charlotte Chandler and looks to be chock full of fascinating stories for fans of the classic movie. In one, Bergman remembers sharing a lunch with Humphrey Bogart before filming began, where "the only subject they found in common was how much they both wanted to get out of Casablanca." Thank God they didn't!
Chandler has written several other Hollywood biographies, and like her books on Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, and Billy Wilder, Ingrid is referred to on the cover as a "personal biography." "It's because I knew the person and spoke with the person and (the book) is based on what they said to me," she says. "It's almost autobiographical. I wanted to keep the voice of the person." Sounds like a great read, and don't worry gossip hounds, the book also explores her personal life. That includes her scandalous relationship with Roberto Rossellini which rocked Hollywood in the 1950s and resulted in the lovely Isabella Rossellini. If you haven't seen Casablanca at this point, shame on you! It almost always ranks in the Top 10 on "Best Movies of All Time" lists, and righfully so. And for more top-notch Bergman, let me recommend the incredible Notorious, one of my favorite films and for my money, the best movie Hitchcock ever made.