Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1939. Selznick International Pictures. Screenplay by George O’Neil, based on an original story by Gosta Stevens, Gustaf Molander. Cinematography by Gregg Toland. Produced by David O. Selznick. Music by Robert Russell Bennett, Max Steiner. Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Travis Banton, Irene. Film Editing by Francis D. Lyon. Academy Awards 1939.
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.