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September Affair (1950)

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An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
David Lawrence
Françoise Rosay ...
Maria Salvatini
Catherine Lawrence
David Lawrence Jr
Jimmy Lydon ...
Johnny Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Grazia Narciso ...
Anna Demetrio ...
Lou Steele ...
Vittorio Portini
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Mr. Peppino


An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this artificial arrangement leads to greater and greater stress. Eventually the situation collapses when they come to pursue their original, individual interests without choosing a common path. Written by Mark Carroll

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Drama | Romance


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18 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Det var på Capri  »

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This was the earliest American film to feature extensive location work in Italy involving the principal actors. Whilst filming, Joseph Cotten was invited to lunch by his old friend Orson Welles, who confided that he had also invited a couple of Italian businessmen whom he wanted to invest in his film version of "Othello". The presence of a film star would, Welles hoped, influence them to put up some money. Also in the restaurant was Sir Winston Churchill, whom Welles hailed most affectionately as he walked past. He later admitted to Cotten that he and Churchill had never previously met, but that he was hoping that this, too, would impress the Italians. His strategies worked; they agreed over lunch to help finance Welles's film, and Cotten and his co-star Joan Fontaine even played uncredited cameos in "Othello" whilst they were still filming "September Affair". See more »


When they are touring the ruins of Pompeii, David remarks about the beautiful sunset. But it is obvious from the way the shadows lie, that the sun is still high in the sky. See more »


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September Song
from "Knickerbocker Holiday"
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Sung by Walter Huston
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A Wonderful Romantic Film
26 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my very favourite films. It is about two people who are approaching early middle age having a chance at real unconditional love

  • and taking that chance. The casting is so wonderful and the setting

is just beautiful. Although, it is an American film it has the ambiance of the post war realism of a an Italian film (Never Take No For An Answer also has this realism). The film is romantic and yet it is unsentimental. Both Joseph Cotton and Joan Fontaine are so very convincing as the lovers. On visits to Italy my wife and I have visited most of the films location. When there I just cant stop myself from singing September Song.

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