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Intermezzo (1939)

Intermezzo: A Love Story (original title)
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 »

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

George O'Neil (screen play), Gösta Stevens (original story) (as Gosta Stevens) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Howard ... Holger Brandt
Ingrid Bergman ... Anita Hoffman
Edna Best ... Margit Brandt
John Halliday ... Thomas Stenborg
Cecil Kellaway ... Charles
Enid Bennett ... Greta
Ann E. Todd ... Ann Marie (as Ann Todd)
Douglas Scott ... Eric
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Emma
Maria Flynn Maria Flynn ... Marianne (as Marie Flynn)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Screen's Daring Dramatization of a Bold, Tempestuous Love Affair...as Real as Life Itself! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1940 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Intermezzo See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Howard had only a rudimentary understanding of the violin. During closeups, he kept his hands by his side as violinists bowed and fingered the board. This same trick was performed by Isaac Stern and John Garfield a few years later in Humoresque (1946). (Ingrid Bergman did have some knowledge of piano, and her fingering is correct.) The actual music was dubbed for both: Toscha Seidel for Howard and Norma Drury-Boleslawski for Bergman. 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

Anita Hoffman: I have been an intermezzo in his life.
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Ingrid Bergman See more »

Alternate Versions

A re-release uses the title "Intermezzo" and lists the copyright owner as "Vanguard Films, Inc." which was Selznick's company name in the 40's. Ingrid Bergman is billed first in the opening credits, which are also more elaborate than the original release. The end cast credits are identical, however. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Dinner with Andre (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto in A op 16
Music by Edvard Grieg
Played by Ingrid Bergman on piano and then joined in by Howard while at home
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This is Ingrid Bergman's (Casablanca) first English speaking role.
6 June 1999 | by macpherrSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful black and white film and Gregg Toland was nominated for an Academy Award for best cinematographer. Concert violinist Holger Brandt, Leslie Howard (Gone with the Wind), spends much of his life on tours, and loses perspective of his family ties. When his accompanist retires he goes home for awhile until the next tour. Intermezzo! He has an adorable family: wife, Greta Stenborg, Enid Bennett (Strike Up the Band), a daughter and one son, and also a cute dog (which he had never seen before).

His daughter is studying piano and the piano teacher is Anita Hoffman, played by beautiful, Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) in her first English speaking role. Anita Hoffman is not only a piano teacher but is also an accomplished pianist. Anita is competing for a scholarship to further her music studies in France. After Holger hears Anita play, he invites her to go on a tour with him. They fall in love feeling guilt and shame at the same time. His wife suspects, and he himself tells her about it. Anita decides not to teach the daughter anymore. Holger leaves his wife so the two can go off to Italy on a tour together. While she is away his daughter keep listening on the radio and the record to her favorite piece, Intermezzo, one that her father wrote. The score for the movie was done by Louis Forbes who was nominated for an Academy Award. His wife files for divorce and he is hesitant to sign the papers. Anita realizes, as she says "I have been an intermezzo in his life." She wins the scholarship and decides to accept it and with much sorrow she leaves him. He then signs the papers for divorce. He goes home much later. He brings the camera his daughter asked for. He parks his car across the street from her school. In her hurry to see her father, she runs across the street without looking and is hit by a car. He brings his daughter to his former home and stays there until his daughter recovers. As soon as she recovers, he starts to leave and his wife asks him to stay home.

Favorite Quote :" I wonder if anyone has built happiness on the unhappiness of others." Favorite Scenes: Daughter playing a duet with dad, has small hands almost do not make an octave on the piano. Anita wearing a man's tie in 1937! The good-bye scene in front of store window.

This is a very interesting and beautiful love story, where the viewer is tossed by their moral belief system and the love of those two people, at least I was. I have the tape and enjoy watching it!


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