Intermezzo (United Artists 1939, Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Howard)


Ingrid Bergman made her Hollywood debut in Intermezzo in a role she had played three years earlier in Sweden. She is absolutely luminous as the concert pianist who diverts violin virtuoso Howard from his wife and children.

After a whirlwind tour together, Howard finds the pull of family too much, leaving Bergman alone with her music. The classic romantic melodrama with a classical-music setting. Jascha Heifetz dubbed Howard’s violin parts.

DP Gregg Toland’s work on Intermezzo earned him an Oscar nomination, but he lost–to himself! Having also shot Wuthering Heights (1939) that year, he was awarded the Oscar for that film’s cinematography.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Black-and-White Cinematography, Best Score.

Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Howard, John Halliday, Cecil Kellaway

Director: Gregory Ratoff
Producer: David O. Selznick
Director of Photography: Gregg Toland
Editors: Hal C. Kern, Francis D. Lyon
Screenwriter: George O’Neil
Art Director: Lyle Wheeler

USA / United Artists / 91 minutes / 1939

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