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A Woman's Face (1938)

En kvinnas ansikte (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 8 September 1939 (USA)
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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) 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 Il était une fois (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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Finally on US Television!
28 July 2002 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

This film, which was the original 1938 Swedish version of A WOMAN'S FACE (1941) later popularized by Joan Crawford at MGM. This original version made its US TV debut on Turner Classic Movies this past Friday night. Ingrid Bergman, before she came to America, is the lead as Anna Holm, a scarred black mailer who undergoes plastic surgery that changes her path and outlook on life. It's kind of hard to know if the acting is brilliant or not since it is all in Swedish with English subtitles, but the film holds your interest. It is different in many ways than the 1941 version, but also similar in others. Bergman's performance is comparable to Crawford's, but Bergman's disfigurement is more brutally realistic as are the stark atmosphere and settings in this version; MGM gave their version the usual glamour treatment. Overall, the film deserves 3 out of 4 stars and it's wonderful to finally see this on American TV.


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