The little-known Swedish version of Intermezzo (1936) was the seventh of 12 films that featured young Ingrid Bergman in her native country at the start of her acting career, and the first in which she was the female lead. (Six of those pictures, including Intermezzo, were helmed by Gustaf Molander, a veteran Swedish actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose directorial career lasted from the silent era through the mid-1960s, encompassing 73 works.) This was also the movie that caught the attention of producer David O. Selznick, who brought Bergman to the US in the late 1930s.
Intermezzo was a box office smash in Sweden, so Selznick decided to introduce his stunning discovery to the American public in an English-language remake of the Swedish hit. Bergman reprised her role as the young piano teacher who is asked by a married violin virtuoso (Leslie Howard) to play and tour with him. Like its European predecessor, the movie proved an irresistible combination of grand passions and great music. Bergman was radiant.
We show both versions of Intermezzo in October in Morley Lecture Hall. Admission to each is $10, CMA members $7. Both movies contain the popular musical composition “Souvenir of Vienna” (renamed “Intermezzo”), which was included in the Swedish original after composer Heinz Provost won the competition for writing the film’s theme song.
Curator of Film
In the original Swedish version of the popular love story, a married violin virtuoso asks his daughter’s young piano teacher to play and tour with him. “Arguably the key Swedish film of the 1930s” —James Steffen.
Ingrid Bergman made her American screen debut in this beloved remake of her hit Swedish romance, about a young pianist’s love for an older, married violinist.