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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"Let the world cry 'shame'...I love him...I'll always love him!" 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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Box Office

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

It is interesting to note that almost all the musical content of the film is derivative of Norwegian composers, notably Grieg and Sinding (the composer of "Rustle of Spring."). This is rather curious considering the central characters are Swedish and much of the setting is in Sweden. See more »

Goofs

When Holger and Anita are standing outside the shop and looking at the "curious clock", their faces can clearly be seen reflected in the shop window. As they continue their parting conversation, Anita's mouth movement suddenly mismatches what she can be heard saying. This is followed by a mixture of audible dialogue and interspersed mouth movements from both characters that produce no sound. See more »

Quotes

Charles Moler, The Impressario: [Cutting into Ann Marie's birthday cake] You know what? Not so long ago your daddy and I went to a birthday party in China.
Ann Marie Brandt: In *china*?
Charles Moler, The Impressario: Uh-huh. At a Mandarin's house. His name was
[thinks]
Charles Moler, The Impressario: Chou Ching Chang Chip Chop.
Ann Marie Brandt: Did you have ice cream and cake?
Charles Moler, The Impressario: Oooh, no indeed. We had swallows' nests, umm, roasted silkworms, snake soup and, uh - cricket eggs!
Ann Marie Brandt: Oh! You didn't eat *that*...?
Charles Moler, The Impressario: Oh, we had to take a double helping of everything or the Mandarin would've murdered us.
Ann Marie Brandt: Oh well, Uncle Charles - nobody ...
[...]
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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 Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Leslie Howard (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Intermezzo
(1936)
Music by Heinz Provost
Played at the concert by Leslie Howard on violin and John Halliday on piano
Played by Howard and Ann E. Todd on piano at their home
Played by Howard and Ingrid Bergman on piano at a concert
Played on a zither by Howard
Used as background music often
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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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