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We're near the end of Ingrid Bergman's career so here's the penultimate episode in our retrospective.Happy 100th to the superstar on August 29th.Here's Lynn Lee...

By 1974,Ingrid Bergman was agrande dameof film in the twilight of her career,with two Best Actress Oscar wins under her belt,and nothing left to prove.  Perhaps that's why she deliberately opted for such a small part in the star-studdedMurder on the Orient Express,despite director Sidney Lumet's attempts to coax her into taking a bigger one.  And yet,despite her own efforts to stay out of the spotlight,it found her anyway,with her tiny role as a mousy,middle-aged Swedish missionary netting her an unlikely third Oscar.

We don't see too many movies likeOrient Expressthese days – A-list extravaganzas where most of the stars end up with little more than glorified cameos but just seem to be in it for fun.  And to be fair,the movieisfun and directed with flair,even as it plays up the absurd theatricality of the whodunit setup – something that doesn't register as strongly when you're reading Agatha Christie's plummy prose.It's a bit much at times...


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