Intermezzo (also called Intermezzo: A Love Story) (1939) is a romantic film made in the USA by Selznick International Pictures. It was directed by Gregory Ratoff and produced by David O. Selznick. It is a remake of the Swedish film Intermezzo (1936). The screenplay by George O'Neil was based on the screenplay of the original film by Gösta Stevens and Gustaf Molander. The music was by Robert Russell Bennett, Max Steiner, Heinz Provost, and Christian Sinding. The cinematography was by Gregg Toland who replaced Harry Stradling.
It featured Oscar-nominated cinematography by Gregg Toland -- later to film Citizen Kane -- and a stirring main theme in Heinz Provost's piece of the same name, written previous to the film's production.
At the crucial scene where the film's two main protagonists stand looking into the river and realize that they have fallen in love with each other, Leslie Howard makes a casual remark on "the time when Vienna was a happy city" - obviously referring to that city being under Nazi rule since the Anchluss on the previous year.
The film (unlike some other Howard films) makes no other overt references to the Nazis or to the impended war. Nevertheless, in depicting the protagonists travelling - superficially happily and carefree, but with an ever present background of foreboding and melancholy - the filmakers could have hardly been unaware of the prevailing international situation and the already manifest possibility that this was the last year of peace in Europe (as indeed it proved).