Intermezzo: A Love Story

Bergman made her American debut in this somewhat saccharine romance, becoming a star of the first magnitude almost overnight. An established actress in her native Sweden, she had appeared in a Swedish production of the same story in 1937, but it lacked the rich production values Selznick and Howard (who coproduced and starred) infused into this version. Howard...read more

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Bergman made her American debut in this somewhat saccharine romance, becoming a star of the first magnitude almost overnight. An established actress in her native Sweden, she had appeared in a Swedish production of the same story in 1937, but it lacked the rich production values Selznick

and Howard (who coproduced and starred) infused into this version.

Howard plays Holger Brandt, a brilliant, aging violinst weary of his great fame. After a successful tour, he returns to Sweden to the arms of his wife Margit (Best) and adoring children (Todd and Scott). Deeply attracted to the fresh-faced, bright-eyed Anita (Bergman), the children's piano

teacher, he joins her in an impromptu recital before the family. Soon the pair discover that they are in love and Holger asks Margit for his freedom. She still loves him, though, and asks him to take time to reconsider. Holger and Anita travel abroad and she becomes his accompanist, to

considerable acclaim. But Anita notices how Holger dotes on other people's children, and she decides that happiness is not built on the sadness of others.

Appealingly Continental in look and style, INTERMEZZO continually verges on soap, but is redeemed by carefully calibrated performances and Ratoff's loving direction. Beautifully photographed, the film won Toland an Oscar nomination (he lost to himself for his work on WUTHERING HEIGHTS). The

memorable theme music, "Intermezzo" (composed by Heinz Provost), became a tremendously popular hit.

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