Intermezzo: A Love Story
A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him, they make beautiful music away from the concert hall as well. He soon leaves his wife so the two can go off together.
One can certainly see why this film made Ingrid Bergman a star in Hollywood. She's luminescent. The movie itself is a pretty turgid and predictable melodrama. Leslie Howard is an actor I seem to either love ("Pygmalion", "The Scarlet Pimpernel") or hate ("The Petrified Forest", "Gone with the Wind"). This movie falls into the hate camp ... he's limp and lifeless as a romantic lead in this flick.
A remake of the Swedish film Intermezzo (1936) which also starred Ingrid Bergman, this is the tale of a concert violinist (Leslie Howard) who falls in love with his daughter's piano teacher (Bergman). She is a talented pianist, they fall madly in love and she becomes his accompanist when he goes on a lengthy European tour. There is of course a tiny problem to this idyllic story, in the form of his wife and children. The film was unbelievable from beginning to end, and it is unlikely to be considered 70 minutes well-spent by those who have had to deal with the wreckage left behind following a partner's infidelity.
[Ingrid Bergman] I watched because it was supposed to be a love story with Ingrid Bergman. While those things were there, I didn't get the story I was expecting. I'm surprised that in 1939 they would make a film with such moral quandaries. It was just a creepy story that I wasn't expecting. I also didn't like the end. Ingrid is delightful as always.
A nice little film. The story is decent, though not exactly captivating. However, they seem to have recognized the limits of the tale and, instead of dragging it out like so many lesser films, this one clocks is at just 70 minutes. It also features some wonderful violin and piano music. And Ingrid Bergman. What a classy dame!