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A Woman's Face (1938)

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

Director:

Gustaf Molander

Writers:

Francis de Croisset (play) (as François de Croisset), Gösta Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Anna Holm, aka Anna Paulsson
Tore Svennberg ... Magnus Barring
Anders Henrikson ... Dr. Allan Wegert
Georg Rydeberg ... Torsten Barring
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Harald Berg
Hilda Borgström ... Emma
Karin Kavli ... Vera Wegert (as Karin Carlson-Kavli)
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ... Nyman (as Erik Berglund)
Sigurd Wallén ... Miller
Gösta Cederlund ... Count Severin
Magnus Kesster ... Handsome Herman
Göran Bernhard ... Lars-Erik Barring
Bror Bügler ... Georg Mark
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's Face See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Petersen-Poulsen/AGA-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Anthony Burgess' Bergman biography "My Life", director 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. Bergman suggested that Anna Holm should face a murder charge but be acquitted by the court. This is far from the ending in the final film. See more »

Goofs

When Anna leaves Harald's hospital room, the door handle is on her right. As she's pausing outside the room, the (closed) door handle is *still* on her right, opposite where it should be. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Wegert: Take off your stocking.
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Connections

Version of Once Upon a Time (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No. 9 in A-flat major, Op. 69, No. 1
(uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[The Count plays the piece on the piano in his apartment]
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Not much different from the hollywood version
27 July 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

Well, it has a European feel and does not hinge itself on a court-case melodrama like the Joan Crawford version which is molded in the shape of the weepies of the twenties, thirties and forties hollywood. Bergman is not very good in this, especially when her face is scarred. Her performance is a bit too bitter, too harsh, a little exaggerated. She is much better when her face has been reconstructed and gently turning heel and keel as the boy's nanny. An ending of doubt and uncertainty which marks this version is missing from the Hollywood version. I would say the hollywood version is much more perfect and rounded; and definitely, Joan Crawford's performance is better. You can only change the outside, it is only you that can change the inside, is the core/moral of both versions and in that way, both of the stories succeed. One is done with Hollywood cliches and the other with the Swedish/Nordic arty/ realist style of European cinema. Both are different by the look but at heart the same movie.


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