Ingrid Bergman received her third Oscar nomination for playing Sister Mary Benedict, a stubborn nun in The Bells Of St. Mary's.
Bells is one hard movie to sit through...sometimes it's a family movie, sometimes it's a confused, borderline love story, sometimes it's a religious, politically motivated movie! And that ending...talk about left field.
We have Bing Crosby, virtually doing nothing, and bless Sister Ingrid, because it's almost like she is acting all by herself.
Sister Mary wants to save the school where she is principal, and Father Chuck wants to send the children to a school where he thinks they will be better equipped. So, this causes some, pretty boring debates for the two actors to dive into.
Bergman is always being stern, Bing is always being very open minded. This goes on throughout the entire movie. While Sister Mary could be changed, she stays stern throughout the entire film.
Ingrid Bergman plays Sister Mary with charm, but the material is as thin as a feather. She even tries to witty in some of her moments, but again, she fails when it comes to bringing her character to life. I guess I can see the effort in the performance.
Bergman is trying to make her Sister Mary a fascinating character, while still trying to please the filmmakers in being a warm and loving nun, the result is a boring, uninspired performance. She has some moments where she could have completely stolen the film, but instead she blends in with the bland scenery of her film.