Frankly, the film is underwhelming as a whole. It is of course terrific to see the breakout role of Ingrid Bergman, though she has many better performances as well. The story really isn't all that interesting. Everything about this feels average, just shy of being something more without knowing how to get there.
Hey ... Does this count as expository dialogue? "Hundreds of thousands of people have been moved by our music. And we've been awarded four new orders." "I sure hope I'll meet a beautiful woman to fall in love with despite the fact that I'm married." Nice seeing Ingrid, though.
It was OKAY...nothing about it was particularly amazing or terrible. A cast of typically outstanding talent had a surprisingly average performance. The film itself was predictable and dated, its only saving graces being the cinematography and music. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the film more had I not seen better from Bergman and Howard.
Ingrid, shmingrid. She's alright, but she isn't THAT great. Imagine any of her roles played by Liv Ullman or Uma Thurman, either of them could do much better (OK, Liv Ullman is already in Autumn Sonata, but other than that one). Sure, it's "what if", and they weren't around at the same time, but imagine Ullman playing Ilsa Lund in Casablanca, or Thurman in Cocteau's The Human Voice; they would've been so much better.