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
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min




That's a fine trick.

You know the prisoner's afraid of fire.

Summon the witnesses.


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...

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.


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?


I do.

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.


The court is open.


Herman Rundvik.

Don't forget Pontius Pilate.


Who's smoking in here?

Put that out.

You are well acquainted

with the prisoner?

I was, Your Honor.

Speak louder, please, Mr. Rundvik.

Your occupation?

- Wait... Waiter.

Well, Mr. Rundvik, your testimony.

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

Is that loud enough?


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.

And what was the name

of your little place?

The Cafe Spader Dam.

Perhaps you've been there, Your Honor.


I have not. Describe the establishment.

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...

What happened that night?

That night?

Oh, that night.

Well, I was working all alone.






Cheer up, I think they're going.


- 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?

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...

...but I think Eric lives quite near me.

Don't you, Eric?

Just a few feet away.


Your pencil.

I'm sorry, Mr. Barring,

but I don't seem to have a pencil.

If you'll excuse me.

To our host.


Our host.

May he reach heaven

before the final check arrives.


Ah, Mr. Barring.

- You enjoyed your dinner?

- I enjoyed my dinner.

Splendid. Splendid.

You see, Mr. Barring, l...

I see you no longer wish

to extend me credit.

Mr. Barring, if this were the first time,

or if it were I personally...

- You own the place, don't you?

- No, unfortunately.

I am but an employee.

Then tell your employer

that I want to find out...

...why the name of Barring

shouldn't be good...

...at a miserable after-hours roadhouse.

We are not operating this miserable

roadhouse for the benefit of names.

Even the name of Barring.

You are the proprietor?

In a way.

Excuse me. Have you something

in your eye? Might I help you?

It doesn't hurt, it's only a trick

I learned from a friend.

She had beautiful eyes too.

- Did she?

- Yes, and now just hold still.

There we are. Is that better?

This is a most generous gesture.

I never make generous gestures,

as these two will tell you.

Thank you very much, Miss Holm.

It's a name which might be

of assistance to you.


Oh, really?

In certain quarters where the name

of Barring has perhaps lost its magic.

Good night, Mr. Barring.


Good night...

...Miss Holm.

Charming lady.

Yes, isn't she?

Now I've seen everything.

- There you are.

- Thank you, sir.

- Tell me, are you married?

- Yes, Mr. Barring.

- Any children?

- A boy.

- And a girl.

- Uh-huh.

- And another on the way.

- Oh.

You love children.

I loathe them.


- Let's all go dancing.

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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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