A Woman's Face
February 17, 2020
Legendary star Ingrid Bergman, pre-Hollywood, plays a disfigured gang boss who goes against her criminal cohorts in a last chance at redemption.
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Ingrid Bergman may be the most beautiful and talented actress in cinema history, but the closest she came to film noir during her Hollywood career was a pair of films for Alfred Hitchcock (Spellbound and Notorious). To behold Bergman as a genuinely noir character we reach back into the film vaults of her Scandinavian homeland for this timeless 1938 classic. Anna Holm (Bergman), horribly disfigured in a childhood accident, has become the embittered leader of a gang of blackmailers. After using her ill-gotten gains to have her face surgically repaired, she leaves her criminal life behind to become governess to a wealthy family. But some of these upper crust characters are more rotten as her old gang-mates, who—this being noir—are fated to emerge out of her past. The 1941 Hollywood remake, with Joan Crawford in the lead, doesn't hold a candle to this fully wrought Nordic melodrama, with 23-year-old Bergman displaying the range that would soon make her an international superstar.
- Original Language Title: En kvinnas ansikte
- Director: Gustaf Molander
- Principal Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Tore Svennberg, Anders Henrikson, George Rydeberg, Gunnar Sjöberg
- Country: Sweden
- Year: 1938
- Running Time: 100 minutes
- Screenplay: Gösta Stevens
- Cinematographers: Åke Dahlqvist
- Language: Swedish
- Has Subtitles: Yes