Intermezzo (Intermezzo: A Love Story) (1939)

GREGORY RATOFF

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1939.  Screenplay by , based on an original story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1939.  

Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman in Intermezzo.

Ingrid Bergman was so impressive in the original Swedish 1936 version of this film that producer David O. Selznick made the American remake her English-language debut when he brought her over to the States. She plays a young pianist who has a torrid love affair with a married violinist (Leslie Howard). It’s lush and romantic, full of many tragically passionate overtones and set to classical music—all in all, a good night in. Bergman, thankfully, went on to bigger and better things.

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