En Enda Natt (1938)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Sweden  |  
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Filmed in Sweden in 1938 as En Enda Natt, Only One Night was released in the US in 1942 to capitalize on the popularity of its star, Ingrid Bergman. Actually, Bergman's role is secondary: the film's true star is Edvin Adolphson, playing the illegitimate son of wealthy Olof Sandborg. Taking on the airs of an aristocrat, Adolphson dumps his middle-class girlfriend Aino Taube and commences to enjoy the good life. Sandborg tries to pair up Adolphson with socialite Bergman, but his crude behavior squelches any possibility of lasting romance. Realizing that he's in over his head, Adolphson returns to his former life and former love. By the time Only One Night made it to American theatres, many of its "racier" sexual aspects had been shorn in the editing room. Fortunately, all of Ingrid Bergman's close-ups remained intact.

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aristocracy, class-clash, high-society, illegitimate-child, social-classes