If you want to learn something about the continental approach to romance, drop over to the Exeter theatre and see "Intermezzo." This ten year old film stars Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman whose polished performances redeem an otherwise implausible and dull story.
Howard plays a successful violinist who, returning to his home in Sweden from an American concert tour, must find a new accompanist because his old one is about to retire. Who should turn up to fill the post but his little daughter's piano teacher, played by Miss Bergman. Several arpeggios and one bottle of champagne later, the two have fallen deeply in love; a fortunate thing for the audience, but most unfortunate for Howard's wife and two children and Miss Bergman's promising career as a pianist.
After a tour together, they go to a little French coastal town; an intriguing demonstration of the art of gracious living follows. Dinner by candle light (which makes Miss Bergman's white even teeth flash and sparkle) and sailing on azure waters in a speedy little boat (which makes Miss Bergman's silky blonde hair flash and sparkle) are only a few of the things which make Mr. Howard's eyes flash and sparkle. As all good things must, this intermezzo comes to an end and the couple, realizing that they can never be happy with Howard's family waiting for him back in Sweden, resume their separate careers.
Also playing at the Exeter is "Broken Journey," a product of J. Arthur Rank's movies to date. A handful of peculiar characters crash in a transcontinental plane high atop a glacier. Before they are rescued, they have driven each other and the audience crazy. The only worthwhile acting is that of obese Francis L. Sullivan whose jowls vibrate as he sings operatic selections for his hungry fellow travellers. Don't rush to catch the beginning of this film because nothing much happens in the first hour and a half.