A Woman's Face

Synopsis: Anna Holm is a blackmailer, who because of a facial scar, despises everyone she encounters. When a plastic surgeon performs an operation to correct this disfigurement, Anna becomes torn between the hope of starting a new life, and a return to her dark past.
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
PASSED
Year:
1941
106 min
33 Views

[GATE SLAMS SHUT]

[GATE SLAMS SHUT]

[CROWD MURMURING]

That's a fine trick.

You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.

Summon the witnesses.

CLERK:

All witnesses.

Consul Magnus Barring.

Bernard Dalvik, restaurateur.

Christina Dalvik, masseuse.

Emma Kristiansdotter, housekeeper.

Herman Rundvik, waiter.

Dr. Gustaf Segert.

Vera Segert, housewife.

You have been called in this case...

...in which the charge

is murder in the first degree.

The Crown v. Anna Holm, alias, uh...

ASSOCIATE:
Alias Ingrid Paulssen.

- Alias Ingrid Paulssen.

What you may testify will determine

whether the defendant goes free...

...or pays the extreme penalty.

That is a grave responsibility.

As you remember it was Pontius Pilate...

...who said, "What is truth?"

And washed his hands of justice.

I hope in this case

we can do better than Pilate.

And without prejudice, arrive at the truth

and render a just decision.

So say we all.

JUDGE:

You will now take the oath.

Do you each and severally solemnly promise

and swear by God and his Holy Scriptures...

...to tell the truth withholding nothing

and adding nothing...

...as God is your help in life and soul?

ALL:

I do.

ASSOCIATE:
We wish to emphasize

that you are not to discuss the case...

...while you're in the witness room

under penalty of contempt.

- Do you understand that?

- Sir, of that you may rest assured.

CLERK:

The court is open.

[CROWD CHATTERING]

Herman Rundvik.

Don't forget Pontius Pilate.

[SNIFFS]

Who's smoking in here?

Put that out.

You are well acquainted

with the prisoner?

I was, Your Honor.

Speak louder, please, Mr. Rundvik.

JUDGE:
Your occupation?

- Wait... Waiter.

Well, Mr. Rundvik, your testimony.

Well, I wanna help you all I can, sir.

Is that loud enough?

Quite.

Now, this woman that got me

into this mess...

...she might think I was doing this because

I been promised immunity by the Crown.

- But I'm a loyal citizen. I've never...

- Yes, yes. Your story, please.

Well, I don't rightly remember

what day it was...

...but I know it was night.

It was in June just a little after midnight.

Now, the little place where I work

is about 15 kilometers outside of the city.

It's in that pine forest just off

the North Queens Road.

JUDGE:
And what was the name

of your little place?

HERMAN:
The Cafe Spader Dam.

Perhaps you've been there, Your Honor.

JUDGE:

I have not. Describe the establishment.

HERMAN:
Oh, it wasn't an establishment,

Your Honor.

No, it was just a quiet

little rural tavern...

... where people who loved nature

could relax in the bosom...

JUDGE:
What happened that night?

HERMAN:
That night?

Oh, that night.

Well, I was working all alone.

MAN:

Waiter.

Waiter.

[PIANO PLAYING

AND WOMAN SINGING]

Cheer up, I think they're going.

[SINGING]

- How did you like that, Torsten?

- I like both of them.

Now, dear girls, sit down

and we'll have another drink.

You dance well together,

don't you?

HERMAN:
Your check, Mr. Barring.

- Check? More wine, please.

Since Torsten will never break up

his party, I suggest...

It has been a lovely party, Mr. Barring.

Come, come, Mrs. Segert.

What's the hurry?

- What's the hurry? Sit down.

- Yes, my dear.

Your distinguished husband

has a reputation of sleeping soundly.

That's a sign of an extremely

intelligent husband. I must meet him.

Oh, poor Gustaf. He's working so hard

at the hospital these days.

I do feel it to be the duty of every wife

to have breakfast with her husband.

Bravo, bravo. The spirit of the Vikings.

May I have the honor

of driving you home?

Oh, uh, thank you, Olaf...

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Francis de Croisset

Francis de Croisset (French: [fʁɑ̃sis də kʁwasɛ]; born Franz Wiener, 28 January 1877 – 8 November 1937) was a Belgian-born French playwright and opera librettist. His opera librettos include Massenet's Chérubin (1905), based on his play of the same name, and Reynaldo Hahn's Ciboulette (1923). In 1910 he married Marie-Thérèse Bischoffsheim, the widow of banking heir Maurice Bischoffsheim and the daughter of Count and Countess Adhéaume de Chevigné. They had two children, Philippe and Germaine de Croisset. By this marriage de Croisset had a stepdaughter, the arts patron Marie-Laure de Noailles. The de Croissets' grandson Philippe de Montebello was director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1977 until 2008. more…

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