New Release: Ingrid Bergman in Sweden DVD

June Night movie scene

Ingrid Bergman and Olaf Widgren get scandalous in June Night.

On April 19, 2011, Kino Lorber released the DVD of Ingrid Bergman in Sweden, a three-film collection spotlighting the early work of one of Hollywood’s most renowned Golden Era stars and a three-time Oscar winner, to boot.

The Swedish movies were all made only a few years prior to Ingrid Bergman’s (Casablanca) arrival in Hollywood in 1939 at the behest of producer David Selznick. He brought her to America to star in Intermezzo: A Love Story, a remake of the 1936 Swedish film Intermezzo, which is one of the films in this collection.

Here’s some info on the three films in Ingrid Bergman in Sweden:

Intermezzo (Gustaf Molander, 1936) – An aspiring classical pianist (Bergman) falls in love with a famed — but married — concert violinist.

A Woman’s Face (Gustaf Molander, 1938) – A psychological drama wherein Bergman plays a woman whose bitterness over a facial disfigurement leads her to become a blackmailer.

June Night (Per Lindberg, 1940) – In her last film before moving to Hollywood, Bergman portrays a small-town woman trying to rebuild her life after being caught at the center of a sensational crime.

Both June Night and Intermezzo have been long out of print, while A Woman’s Face (the most interesting-looking one of the bunch) made its DVD premiere in this set.

All three films are presented in their original Swedish language with English subtitles.

The DVD set, which carries a list price of $39.95, doesn’t have any bonus features.


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