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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

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A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He ... See full summary »

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Edna Best ...
Margit
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Thomas
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Charles
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Greta
Ann E. Todd ...
Ann Marie (as Ann Todd)
Douglas Scott ...
Eric
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
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Maria Flynn ...
Marianne (as Marie Flynn)
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A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He soon leaves his wife so the two can go off together. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"Let the world cry 'shame'...I love him...I'll always love him!"

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28 February 1940 (Argentina)  »

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Intermezzo  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A song, "Intermezzo" was published in 1940 with music by Heinz Provost and lyrics by Robert Hemming, based on the picture's main theme. See more »

Goofs

In the 19th minute, Anita and Holger enter a Swedish restaurant. The sign outside is in English and the Swedish word "restaurang" is not used. The use of such an English word in the 1930s is highly unlikely. See more »

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Anita Hoffman: I have been an intermezzo in his life.
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Intermezzo
(1936)
Music by Heinz Provost
Played at the concert by Leslie Howard on violin and John Halliday on piano
Played by Howard and Ann E. Todd on piano at their home
Played by Howard and Ingrid Bergman on piano at a concert
Played on a zither by Howard
Used as background music often
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Small-Scale Love Story Offers Fresh-Faced Bergman in Her American Debut
14 September 2006 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

The familiar David O. Selznick gloss is all over this minor 1939 soap opera, most noteworthy as the American film debut of 24-year old Ingrid Bergman. She was brought over from Sweden by Selznick for this melodramatic remake of the 1936 film which brought her great acclaim in her homeland. Her fresh-faced beauty and natural manner are intoxicating as she plays Anita Hoffman, first a piano teacher to the young daughter of renowned violinist Holger Brandt and then his accompanist on a world tour. It's a brief movie, only seventy minutes long, directed by Gregory Ratoff (more famous as the ulcer-ridden producer Max in "All About Eve") focusing on the illicit affair that develops between Anita and Holger.

Much of the story has to do with the guilt they both experience in terms of the familial repercussions, and the ending reflects as much. A role away from his Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind", obviously the more important Selznick movie in production a the time, Leslie Howard plays Holger in his familiar erudite manner. Veteran character actor Cecil Kellaway (later the monsignor in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") plays the sage maestro who acts as the film's conscience. Scenes often seem strangely truncated to move the story briskly along. Beyond Bergman, the most accomplished aspects of the film are Gregg Toland's lush cinematography, Lyle Wheeler's art direction (making Monterey, California look very much like the Italian Riviera) and Max Steiner's romantic music (oddly uncredited). But the impossibly striking Bergman is the primary reason to see this predictably developed film. The 2004 DVD offers no extras.


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