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A Woman's Face (1938)

En kvinnas ansikte (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 8 September 1939 (USA)
Embittered woman, leader of a criminal gang, has a change of heart.

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When she was a child, Anna Holm burned her face. This destroyed her looks, and she has become a mean and bitter woman. She and her 'friends' are black-mailers. One of the victims pay her by letting a plastic surgeon, doctor Wegert, make her beautiful again. Anna becomes a new person and leave the others. She becomes a governess for a young boy, who will inherit a fortune. The boy has an evil uncle, who wants to see the boy dead, so that he will inherit the fortune. He hires Anna's former colleagues as assassins. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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There were two movies made based on the same book/play. The 1941 of the version starred Joan Crawford - a very beautiful, young Joan Crawford - with her remarkable acting talent in full blossom. I have not seen this version of the movie, t am sure Bergman was excellent as well. The 1941 version was very well done with a cast that also included the great (and also young) and handsome Melvyn Douglas. Great supporting cast and great screenplay. A must see if you can find it to rent. See more »

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No comparison to the Hollywood version
22 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A few years ago I had the opportunity to see the two versions back to back on a big(ish) screen. It was a little film festival at Scandanvia House in NYC. They showed the original Swedish film first followed by the Hollywood monstrosity. There is just no comparison. Bergman is subtle and intense while Crawford is just Crawford. Don't get me wrong, JC was an amazing animal, but I would never call her a disciplined actor. She's all instinct and big, bold strokes. She's like an impressionist painting. You have to step back to see it. Up close it's just an ugly mess. Bergman, on the other hand, is like that Fragonard painting of the girl on the swing, with all the detail, depth and color. Each time you look at it, you see something different that you missed the last time.


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