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Intermezzo

A Love Story
(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Captivated by a beautiful and talented young pianist, a renowned violinist leaves his family and pursues his true passion in this famous love story that introduced Ingrid Bergman to American audiences for the first time.
Title: Intermezzo
a love story
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2004]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (70 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1939.
Summary: Captivated by a beautiful and talented young pianist, a renowned violinist leaves his family and pursues his true passion in this famous love story that introduced Ingrid Bergman to American audiences for the first time.
Audience: Not rated.
Additional Contributors: Bergman, Ingrid - 1915-1982.
Howard, Leslie - 1893-1943.
Ratoff, Gregory - 1897-1960.
O'Neil, George - 1898-1940.
Selznick, David O. - 1902-1965.
Selznick International Pictures
ISBN: 0792862139
Statement of Responsibility: Selznick International ; screen play by George O'Neil ; directed by Gregory Ratoff ; produced by David O. Selznick
Credits: Photographed by Gregg Toland ; film editor, Francis D. Lyon ;
Performers: Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Howard.
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: English dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Musicians Drama. Love Drama. Adultery Drama. Families Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Musicians
Love
Adultery
Families
Publisher No: 1006180
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Jul 16, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1939 romantic drama directed by Gregory Ratoff and produced by David O. Selznick. It is a remake of the Swedish film Intermezzo (1936) and features multiple orchestrations of the Heinz Provost's piece of the same name. Holger Brandt, a famous virtuoso violinist, meets Anita Hoffman, his daughter's piano instructor, during a trip home. Impressed by Anita's talent, he invites her to accompany him on his next tour. They begin touring together and a passionate relationship ensues. Holger's wife Margit asks him for a divorce. Holger soon becomes a man without a country, or family, as he bums around Europe afraid to go back home to face his family that he so selfishly destroyed by having an affair with Anita. Getting up enough courage to bring himself to go home to give Ann Marie a birthday present, a camera, that he promised her soon turns out to be a tragedy. The happy Ann Marie, after seeing her dad, runs across the street from the school yard only to get hit by a speeding car and left in a coma. Holger, now for the first time, sees what a heel he was. He also sees how his love for another woman, who later left him, blinded him of all the good and wonderful things that he had in life. After all, Margit forgives Holger and welcomes him back into his family. This contrived ending is a bit far-fetched but it's just how you would want it to end. Right? Leslie Howard is perfect as Holger the tortured soul who was torn between the beautiful piano teacher Anita and his loving wife Margit. You could understand his actions even though you wouldn't agree with his selfishness. As for Ingrid Bergman as Anita? she is simply beautiful and perfect as a woman whom a man with a mid-life-monotony would fall for.

Jul 22, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ingrid Bergman, a Swedish movie star, made Intermezzo, a Swedish language film in 1936. American movie director Selznick, decided to remake the movie in 1939 in English with Bergman, who at the time spoke no English. Although Bergman thought of only making this one English film did so well that she soon became one of the most beloved actresses in America ("Casablanca,' "Notorious," "Gaslight," and "Spellbound"). It is difficult to believe that Bergman was just learning English in "Intermezzo." This film was Oscar nominated for cinematography and its musical score. The theme of the movie deals with the question, “Can you have true happiness if the source of your happiness is the cause of the unhappiness of other?” A rather short film at 70 minutes. Leslie Howard would be killed in WWII just a few years later when his plane was shot down by the Germans.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Maybe it was considered *scandalous* in '39, but I didn't really see the point. It was rather anticlimactic. Ingrid was radiant, though. Beautiful smile.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Anita Hoffman: "I have been an intermezzo in his life."

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