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Interlude (1957)

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The story of a young woman, Helen Banning, who travels to Munich in search of life experience and romance. While working for America House, she meets a famous symphony conductor, Tonio ... See full summary »

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Helen Banning
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Tonio Fischer
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Reni Fischer (as Marianne Cook)
Françoise Rosay ...
Countess Reinhart
Keith Andes ...
Dr. Morley Dwyer
Frances Bergen ...
Gertrude Kirk
Lisa Helwig ...
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Herman Schwedt ...
Henig
Anthony Tripoli ...
Dr. Smith
John Stein ...
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Prue Stubbins
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The story of a young woman, Helen Banning, who travels to Munich in search of life experience and romance. While working for America House, she meets a famous symphony conductor, Tonio Fischer, and begins a relationship with him. She soon finds out there is much more to this man than his music, including a wife Reni Fisher, but there's definitely more to the story, which she soon discovers. While dealing with the experiences life has thrown in her way, she is also being courted by Morley Dwyer a doctor from back home, who is currently practicing medicine in a Munich hospital. Who will she choose? Written by Leo Urbina

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18 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Forbidden Interlude  »

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Based on James M. Cain's novel 'Serenade'. See more »

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Remake of When Tomorrow Comes (1939) See more »

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Interlude
Music by Frank Skinner
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by The McGuire Sisters
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Failed Romantic Drama
9 July 2005 | by (Foster City, CA) – See all my reviews

As soon as Douglas Sirk's "Interlude" opened to a theme sung by the MacGuire Sisters, I knew that we were not in typical Sirk territory anymore. Usually, the pairing of director Sirk and producer Ross Hunter brought forth brooding melodrama and biting social commentary. However, somewhere here things go sour. June Allyson fails in her efforts to bring epic emotion to the screen and the entire film lacks any real sense of heart and soul. The romantic leading man, Rossano Brazzi, thankfully brings some continental sophistication and feeling to the proceedings. But nothing really saves this movie from becoming a flaccid piece of 1950s celluloid.

Allyson stars as an American visiting Munich, Germany. She happens to meet a bad-tempered conductor(Brazzi), with an even more poorly-tempered wife. His wife suffers from mental illness which drives Brazzi away from her and into Allyson's arms. Allyson, meanwhile, is also being courted by an American doctor without all of the extra baggage. Allyson is torn between the two men and must make a decision before she heads back home to the U.S.

June Allyson was a poor choice as a leading lady for Sirk. Any number of his other female stars would have been great for the role. But, Allyson? I just don't get it. Besides that, she and Brazzi have absolutely no chemistry. There is not one moment in the film where I wanted to see them end up together. The highlights of this film are the lovely scenes shot against the backdrop of a post-war Europe. Also of note for Sirk fans is the heavy use of reflective surfaces and shadows

  • common imagery in Sirk movies. In the end, however, Sirk, Hunter and


the music of Frank Skinner fail to produce anything of substance. Forgettable and slightly disappointing. The 1968 British version of "Interlude" is far superior and highly recommended.


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