Intermezzo

Intermezzo

Director: Gregory Ratoff, Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman, Edna Best

Cast: Gregory Ratoff, Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman, Edna Best

     
 

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Gregory Ratoff directed David O. Selznick's richly produced American remake of the Swedish film directed by Gustav Molander and starring Ingrid Bergman, who re-creates her role here. The story -- based on the original screenplay by Molander and Gosta Stevens -- concerns a love affair played out between famed concert violinist Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard) and a young

Overview

Gregory Ratoff directed David O. Selznick's richly produced American remake of the Swedish film directed by Gustav Molander and starring Ingrid Bergman, who re-creates her role here. The story -- based on the original screenplay by Molander and Gosta Stevens -- concerns a love affair played out between famed concert violinist Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard) and a young pianist, Anita Hoffman (Ingrid Bergman). Holger has just finished a grand tour and has returned to his home country of Sweden, into the arms of his wife Margit (Edna Best) and two children, Ann Marie (Ann Todd) and Eric (Douglas Scott). But soon Holger falls deeply in love with his children's piano teacher Anita. Holger asks Margit for a divorce, but she demurs, telling Holger he should take time to think the whole thing through. Holger and Anita travel abroad, and Anita becomes acclaimed as a pianist -- but Holger keeps looking at other people's children and begins to wonder whether he should go back to his family.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The film that introduced Ingrid Bergman to an adoring American public, Intermezzo is pure, old-fashioned melodrama. Were it to be attempted today, the result would be pure schmaltz, but Intermezzo succeeds because its creators seem to believe in its story, and therefore make the audience care about it too. They also know that this kind of story works best if the viewer doesn't have time to think too carefully as he or she is watching it, and so they keep it to an incredibly brief 70 minutes. Director Gregory Ratoff keeps the pacing swift and turns in some of his best work here. He is helped immeasurably, of course, by Bergman. Radiant, exuberant, and totally mesmerizing, Bergman combines stunning beauty and dramatic intelligence with an intuitive sense of "movie star" acting, to give a performance that is a pleasure to watch. She practically glows in every scene, her joy in simply appearing onscreen coming through in every frame. Leslie Howard has a hard time keeping up with her, and on the whole, his performance is rather perfunctory; however, there is a chemistry between the two stars and that makes up for his otherwise bland portrayal. Bergman's career stalled somewhat after Intermezzo, with several films that didn't capitalize on her unique talents, but it was jump-started again in 1942 with Casablanca.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0027616903822
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Howard Holger Brandt
Ingrid Bergman Anita Hoffman
Edna Best Margit Brandt
John Halliday Thomas Stenborg
Cecil Kellaway Charles Moler
Enid Bennett Greta Stenborg
Ann E. Todd Ann Marie Brandt
Douglas Scott Eric Brandt
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Emma
Marie Flynn Marianne
Erik Berglund Charles Moller
Hugo Björne Thomas Stenborg
Millan Bolander Actor
Gösta Ekman Holger Brandt
Hasse Ekman Ake
George Fant Actor
Britt Hagman Ann-Marie
Folke Helleberg Actor
Anders Henrikson Actor
Emma Meissner Greta
Margit Orth Actor
Carl Strom Actor
Inga Tidblad Margit Brandt

Technical Credits
Gregory Ratoff Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Louis Forbes Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Kern Editor
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Gustaf Molander Original Story
George O'Neil Screenwriter
Heinz Provost Score Composer
David O. Selznick Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Gösta Stevens Original Story
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Encore! [2:18]
2. Glad to Be Home [8:06]
3. The Young Prodigy [7:38]
4. Honored and All That [5:46]
5. "Courage, My Friend" [5:28]
6. "I Hate Being Ashamed" [4:17]
7. Unspoken Bad News [4:08]
8. Love Away From Home [6:15]
9. The Scholarship [5:03]
10. Message From a Friend [3:25]
11. No Past, No Future [3:10]
12. Just an Intermezzo [3:02]
13. Artist Without a Home [2:41]
14. A Gift for Ann Marie [3:25]
15. To Forgive Is Human [4:19]
16. End Credits [:57]

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