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Intermezzo (1939)

Ingrid Bergman , Leslie Howard , Gregory Ratoff  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Leslie Howard, Edna Best, John Halliday, Cecil Kellaway
  • Directors: Gregory Ratoff
  • Writers: George O'Neil, Gustaf Molander, Gösta Stevens
  • Producers: Leslie Howard, David O. Selznick
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Intermezzo" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

"Eloquent, sensitive, poignant" (The New York Times), this romantic and heartbreaking film has an "absorbing power" (Los Angeles Times). Legendary OscarÂ(r) winner* Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca), in her first English-speaking role, and Leslie Howard (Gone With the Wind) star in this "well-acted, expertly written" (Motion Picture Herald) tale that proves that music is indeed the food of love. Renowned violinist Holger Brandt (Howard) is delighted to be back with his family after a long tour. But when he meets his daughter's piano teacher, Anita (Bergman), and hears her play, he is captivated. Despite the devastating toll on his family, Holger and Anita begin a musical partnership that quickly becomes a passionate romance. But are they meant to live in harmony forever or is this merely an intermezzo? *1956: Actress, Anastasia, 1944: Actress, Gaslight; 1974: Supporting Actress, Murder on the Orient Express

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Soap Well Done March 28, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard have made their careers playing exactly the kind of star-crossed lovers who find each other as in INTERMEZZO. Howard had just finished filming GONE WITH THE WIND when director Gregory Ratoff tapped him to play Holger Brandt, a concert violinist who seems to have it all: a loving wife (well played by Edna Best), two happy children, and a successful career touring the opera circuit. Yet, behind the surface happiness, Holger sends out subtle signals that all is not well both in his life and in his marriage. His touring takes him away from home for long stretches. His wife and daughter miss him, and his growing absences begin to nettle all concerned. He seems to be a man ready for a too-soon mid life crisis. Enter Anita (Ingrid Bergman) as a piano teacher for his daughter. Anita is far more than just a child's tutor; she is a gifted concert pianist in her own right. It does not take long for sparks to fly between them, as each soon has to face the unavoidable question that all adulterers cannot avoid: how can they build happiness on the unhappiness of others?
Ingrid Bergman had earlier played the same role in a Swedish version of the same film with an identical title. Since she did not know English, she had to learn her lines with the help of language tutors who wisely decided to leave untouched her lilting Swedish accent that had since become her trademark. Both Bergman and Howard bounce off each other in all the right ways and at just the right moments as their characters are basically deeply sensitive to the realization that their new-found love must collide painfully with the near-extinguished love of Howard and Best. Miss Best, who as Holger's infinitely understanding wife, is not pushed into the background by her far better known actor leads.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POIGNANT, BITTERSWEET AND UTTERLY CHARMING October 15, 2004
By Nix Pix
Intermezzo is the brilliant American adaptation of the Swedish film by the same name. Enamored by her on screen presence in that film, producer David O. Selznick imported Ingrid Bergman to Hollywood; a rare an ever-lasting find that audiences the world over should be eternally grateful for. As in the Swedish version, Bergman plays Anita Hoffman, a gifted piano teacher who comes in contact with violin virtuoso, Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard). Though Selznick wanted Howard in the film, Howard only agreed after Selznick acquiesced to giving him co-producer screen credit for his efforts. Brandt's world tours keep in away from his committed wife, Margit (Edna Best) and children. The realization that his own life is passing him by is spurred on when Brandt discovers that he is falling in love with Anita. A bittersweet Riviera tryst reforms the illicit lovers to their separate destinies. Selznick's impenetrable commitment to top of the line production values and his way of concocting dreamy gloss from human stories, make "Intermezzo" a viscerally moving poignant experience. Bring Kleenex.

MGM's DVD is rather impressive. The B&W picture exhibits a very nicely balanced gray scale with smooth, solid blacks and very clean whites. Age related artifacts are present throughout but do not distract. Some minor edge enhancement crops up but pixelization is kept to a minimum. Overall the picture will surely not disappoint. The audio is mono but more than adequate for a film of this vintage. There are no extras.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Days of Innocent Ingrid September 12, 2001
By A Customer
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This movie is a perfect example of Ingrid in her pre-hollywood innocent days. I love her Swedish movies because she's always the innocent little girl that everyone loves. She is a young piano podigy who supports herself by teaching piano lessons. She falls in love with her student's father who is a famous violin player. She runs away with him, but being sweet, moral Ingrid, leaves because she can't have an affair with a married man. She actually plays the piano in this movie, and quite beautifully. I've seen the English version as well and I prefer the Swedish one. A must-see for any Bergman fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story! June 2, 1999
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This is yet another masterpiece from that magical movie year of l939. And it was produced by none other than David Selznick, who just happened to be involved in another little film that very year. Let's see, what was the name? Oh, yes. Gone with the Wind. Intermezzo is mesmerizing because of the thick gloss of glamor, the shimmering photography, costumes and of course the musical score which is threaded throughout with classical motifs. The score, in fact, was supposedly composed by the overworked Max Steiner although his name doesn't appear in the credits. Although a short movie, just barely over an hour, the dreamy, ravishing lighting, shadowing, glowing photography makes this such a super-production you'll want to see it repeatedly. Oh, yes, it does star the radiant Ingrid Bergman making her American movie debut. Leslie Howard, believe it or not, does come alive in this one, a lot more than his wooden Ashely Wilkes of GWTW. For lovers of all ages, and movie buffs of every nationality, Intermezzo, should definitely be on your movie shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCANDESCENT BERGMAN November 18, 2001
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The story of of a romantic affair between a pianist and a married violinist. David O. Selznick had second thoughts about casting Bergman in this film; at one point he was considering replacing her with Loretta Young (!). However, as filming proceeded, Bergman's proficientcy improved dramatically, as did her stock with Selznick. The producer was pleased and impressed by her total and unselfish commitment to the success of the picture and her willingness to invest many long, hard days to achieve that goal. Under the tutelage of Ruth Roberts, MGM's language coach - who had trained Hedy Lamarr - she learned English quickly and fluently, proving herself to have a natural flair for languages. As sweet and lilting as the violins which permeate the film, INTERMEZZO premiered in October of 1939, and it was a resounding success; Ingrid Bergman became an international star overnight. David O. Selznick rewarded her with a 7 year contract and she enjoyed a flourishing career as one of Hollywood's leading actresses until 1948, when she bore an illegitimate child by Italian director Roberto Rossellini. It wasn't until 1956 that Hollywood welcomed her back; that year she won her AA for ANASTASIA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... touching cinematic scenes I've ever seen movie comes highly...
Relatable simplistic movie the two lovers are reminiscent of two ships passing in the night for one brief exciting moment not to mention the scene between the father and son is one... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Intermezzo is Marvelous
This movie was well directed and acted. We love the casting of Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard. Although the movie is black and white. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MrSmoke
2.0 out of 5 stars Translation left much desired
The Swedish was very difficult despite the English subtitles. There is a later version in English and I would have preferred to view that one rather than this "oldie... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thelma B. Steiger
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This was a movie I saw on TV many years ago. I am delighted to have it in my collection/
Published 11 months ago by msmartha
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie and have always wanted a copy.
I love this movie--one of my favorites. Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard make such a wonderful couple. And the music is good too,
Published 14 months ago by CB2712
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite movie
I love watching this movie. I am so glad I found this. i never get tired of watching such great stars in such a good movie.
Published 15 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars She was an intermezzo in his life.
This David O. Selznick film is a remake of an earlier film with the same name. Ingrid also played in this one so it is easy to get them mixed-up at first. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT the 1936 Swedish original!
The movie that appears in Instant Viewing is the 1939 American version, and NOT the 1936 Swedish version which is described in the listing. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tonn Borde
Published on June 13, 2012 by raspy
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting but not first rate
My wife and I watched the DVD. I found the sharpness of the images excellent. The sound track is very good. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Thomas L. Wilson
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