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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:

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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

The Count: Torsten, what do you think of my cigarettes?
Torsten Barring: Excellent. Thank you.
The Count: They're tax free. I imported them myself.
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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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Bravura Performance by 23-Year-Old Bergman
4 June 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Disfigured Ingrid Bergman is a member of a blackmail ring. When getting the payoff of one of their "clients", she is caught by the woman's husband, a doctor, who performs plastic surgery on her and leaves her looking like.... well, like Ingrid Bergman. However, the ring's newest scam is on. The wastrel nephew of a rich man wants his own six-year-old nephew knocked off, and the gang agrees to do so for money down and a quarter of the inheritance. Miss Bergman takes the job, but with a new face comes a new her....

It's a bravura performance, just the sort that actors love, and Miss Bergman, only 23 years old, is up to the challenge, as she gradually changes. None of the other younger actors are up to her level; they all seem strident and melodramatic in comparison to her. Anders Henrikson, as the compassionate doctor, is the only actor who seems at her level, and their scenes together raise this from an improbable melodrama to high art.

It was her last film with Gustaf Molander, and by the following year, she was in Hollywood, remaking INTERMEZZO for Selznick. MGM would buy the rights to this story and remake it poorly with Joan Crawford in the lead role.


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