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A Woman's Face (1938)
"En kvinnas ansikte" (original title)

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

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Tore Svennberg ...
Anders Henrikson ...
Georg Rydeberg ...
Gunnar Sjöberg ...
Hilda Borgström ...
Emma
Karin Kavli ...
Mrs. Wegert (as Karin Carlson-Kavli)
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ...
Nyman (as Erik Berglund)
Sigurd Wallén ...
Miller
Gösta Cederlund ...
The Count
Magnus Kesster ...
Göran Bernhard ...
Bror Bügler ...
Georg Mark
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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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Gustaf Molander had trouble with the ending. He stopped the filming for two days without getting any reasonable ideas. Finally, he asked Ingrid Bergman what she would think was the best. It was she who suggested the present ending. See more »

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Many common themes of Life Drama - If you care to see it.
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I first caught this on TCM, then had to get the VHS tape. I was impressed by the role as Bergman as a tough who dominated a band of blackmailers. She was impressive in her bitterness, and, even though I don't understand Swedish her anger and self-pity came through very well.

The characteristic of people (anger+self-pity) is so common I appreciated how this was dealt with openly by the film and conveyed by Bergman. The doctor let her know that many warriors suffered as much or more without the woe-is-me attitude.

Something about her self-conscious placement of her hand over her face was very touching. From the doctor's analytic view he wasn't repulsed, but when he could see her facial scars were a source of her bitterness he resolved to change her appearance. The doctor didn't pull any punches though with a private challenge to her before the bandages came off.

And Bergman showed her ability to convey the fight against self pity when she harangued her little charge with a nasty rant of how she never got toys as a child. The boy's unaffected love, and need for love, was a sweet challenge and impetus to our struggling lady's emerging ability to turn outward.

To me, this portrayal of human growth and overcoming of life obstacles was nicely done. You will either feel for the disfigured woman or you will not. But her plight is universal.


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