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Intermezzo (1939)

Intermezzo: A Love Story (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 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 »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

In a published memo, David O. Selznick stated the title "Intermezzo" was not used because he feared the obscurity of the word would confuse audiences. 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

Thomas Stenborg: I wonder if anyone has built happiness on the unhappiness of others.
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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

Featured in Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016) 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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The ultimate chick flick
15 April 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Intermezzo" is a beautifully photographed, bittersweet story about a the love affair between a concert violinist (Leslie Howard) and a pianist (Ingrid Bergman). This was Bergman's second time at the role, the first time being in her native Sweden. This film catapulted her to fame. Her natural beauty and freshness is shown to wonderful advantage here, as is her sensitive acting in the role of Anita Hoffman.

Howard plays Holger Brandt, a married man with two children who leaves his wife and family when his affair with Bergman becomes too intense. Hoffman becomes his accompanist on tour, sublimating her own career plans because she wants to be with him. While vacationing, he becomes attached to a little girl who obviously reminds him of his daughter (Ann Todd), whom he adores, and Anita wonders if their illicit affair can ever bring them happiness.

The film is rich in subtext and metaphors. "Aren't you giving it too much importance?" Anita's piano teacher asks as she rips into a concerto. "We were all impressed with you the night you played here ... with my husband," Holger's wife says, asking Anita about her studies. "I really had no choice," Anita almost whispers. Even the title of his daughter's favorite piece that he plays, "Intermezzo" takes on a special meaning.

Few actors have cut the romantic, ethereal figure that Leslie Howard did during his film career. Tall, blond, with that soft voice and faraway look in his eyes, he makes a perfect musician who is always listening to a melody in his head. Though some people feel his phoned-in Ashley Wilkes doesn't hold up today, in fact, he was the embodiment of Ashley without making much effort, a soft dreamer with impractical values from another time. And so he is here, not thinking ahead and lost in a romantic fog.

A touching and dramatic film with very effective performances.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1940 (Argentina) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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