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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

Approved | | Romance, Drama | 28 February 1940 (Argentina)
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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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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Romance | Drama

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28 February 1940 (Argentina)  »

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Intermezzo  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a published memo, David O. Selznick stated the title "Intermezzo" was not used because he feared the obscurity of the word would confuse audiences. 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 »

Quotes

Thomas Stenborg: I wonder if anyone has built happiness on the unhappiness of others.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969) See more »

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None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score when Holger talks to Eric near the end
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7 reasons why Intermezzo works
16 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I normally don't gravitate toward melodramas nor would I approve, frankly, of a film that centers around adultery. However, this film has such much going for it that I wound up loving this movie the first time I saw it, and still do six viewings later.

Off the cuff, here are seven reasons why:

1) There IS a good message here: that a married person having a fling with a pretty young woman might be an exciting prospect but in the end, "you reap what you sow" and if either of the two parties has a conscience, the illicit romance will be doomed, especially if there are kids involved.

2 ) For male viewers, Ingrid Bergman, making her English-speaking debut, is a real feast for the eyes. She was one of the more naturally gorgeous women to grace the silver screen, I think.

3) Gregg Toland's photography. To fully appreciate his work, get the DVD for this film. Toland was one of the best ever, and this is a beautifully shot piece of work.

4) At 70 minutes, the film flies by, which also makes it easier to watch and enjoy multiple times.

5) Leslie Howard and John Halliday also were excellent in here as the two male leads. I thought Halliday, in particular, had some great words of wisdom.

6) For those who appreciate how difficult it is to forgive people, this ending contained another nice message.

7) Classical music lovers will very much appreciate the soundtrack to this film.


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