Yesterday Turner Classic Movies played my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film. "Spellbound". It's not my favorite Hitchcock film because it has creepy theramin
music, or because it's a great psychological mystery thriller, or because the film stars Ingrid Bergman, or because it has a great love scene
with an enigmatic door-opening sequence. "Spellbound" is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film because it has a haunting dream sequence
that was done by Salvadore Dali.
My Mom told me a story years ago about Ingrid Bergman that happened more than a decade before I was born. Some of Petter Lindström's kids (Bergman's first husband), were on the same swim team that my sister was on. My sister is quite an athlete, and used to win innumerable ribbons and trophies on that swim team.
During the making of the 1949 film "Stromboli" in Italy, Bergman fell in love with the director Roberto Rossellini and became pregnant with a son, Roberto Ingmar Rossellini (born February 7, 1950). The scandal that ensued in the United States would seem unthinkable today:
"The pregnancy caused a huge scandal in the United States. It even led to her being denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Edwin C. Johnson,
a Democrat senator from Colorado, who referred to her as 'a horrible example of womanhood and a powerful influence for evil.' In addition, there was a floor vote, which resulted in her being made persona non grata.
The scandal forced Ingrid Bergman to exile herself to Italy, leaving her husband and daughter in the United States. Her husband, Dr. Petter Lindström, eventually sued for desertion and waged a custody battle for their daughter." wikipedia
My Mom points out this story to me and my sister as one of many examples that she tells of how women's rights were very repressive, even in the very recent past. Of course, women's rights still have a long way to go.