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A Woman's Face (1938)

En kvinnas ansikte (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 8 September 1939 (USA)
An embittered woman, leader of a criminal gang, has a change of heart.

Director:

Gustaf Molander

Writers:

Francis de Croisset (play) (as François de Croisset), Gösta Stevens (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Anna Holm, aka Anna Paulsson
Tore Svennberg ... Magnus Barring
Anders Henrikson ... Dr. Allan Wegert
Georg Rydeberg ... Torsten Barring
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Harald Berg
Hilda Borgström ... Emma
Karin Kavli ... Vera Wegert (as Karin Carlson-Kavli)
Erik 'Bullen' Berglund ... Nyman (as Erik Berglund)
Sigurd Wallén ... Miller
Gösta Cederlund ... Count Severin
Magnus Kesster ... Handsome Herman
Göran Bernhard ... Lars-Erik Barring
Bror Bügler ... Georg Mark
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Storyline

When she was a child, Anna Holm burned her face. This destroyed her looks, and she has become a mean and bitter woman. She and her 'friends' are black-mailers. One of the victims pay her by letting a plastic surgeon, doctor Wegert, make her beautiful again. Anna becomes a new person and leave the others. She becomes a governess for a young boy, who will inherit a fortune. The boy has an evil uncle, who wants to see the boy dead, so that he will inherit the fortune. He hires Anna's former colleagues as assassins. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Woman's Face See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Petersen-Poulsen/AGA-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Anthony Burgess' Bergman biography "My Life", director Gustaf Molander had trouble with the ending. He stopped the filming for two days without getting any reasonable ideas. Finally, he asked Ingrid Bergman what she would think was the best. Bergman suggested that Anna Holm should face a murder charge but be acquitted by the court. This is far from the ending in the final film. See more »

Goofs

When Anna leaves Harald's hospital room, the door handle is on her right. As she's pausing outside the room, the (closed) door handle is *still* on her right, opposite where it should be. See more »

Quotes

The Count: Nyman, did you know that the cat is named after you?
Nyman: What's his name?
The Count: Cognac.
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Connections

Featured in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No. 9 in A-flat major, Op. 69, No. 1
(uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
[The Count plays the piece on the piano in his apartment]
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No comparison to the Hollywood version
22 April 2012 | by dbengtnycSee all my reviews

A few years ago I had the opportunity to see the two versions back to back on a big(ish) screen. It was a little film festival at Scandanvia House in NYC. They showed the original Swedish film first followed by the Hollywood monstrosity. There is just no comparison. Bergman is subtle and intense while Crawford is just Crawford. Don't get me wrong, JC was an amazing animal, but I would never call her a disciplined actor. She's all instinct and big, bold strokes. She's like an impressionist painting. You have to step back to see it. Up close it's just an ugly mess. Bergman, on the other hand, is like that Fragonard painting of the girl on the swing, with all the detail, depth and color. Each time you look at it, you see something different that you missed the last time.


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