Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
"Stazione Termini" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 May 1954 (USA)
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Prior to leaving by train for Paris, a married American woman tries to break off her affair with a young Italian in Rome's Stazione Termini.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary Forbes
Giovanni Doria
Police commissioner
Paul (as Dick Beymer)


A married American woman has gotten involved with another man while visiting relatives in Rome. She decides that the time has come to break off the relationship, and she makes plans to return home to her husband. But she soon realizes that she is not at all sure about what she wants to do, and she continues to agonize over her decision. Written by Snow Leopard

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Indiscretion of an American Wife  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Judith M. Kass in 'The Films of Montgomery Clift', Jennifer Jones developed a crush on Montgomery Clift, but when she found out that he was not inclined toward women, "she reportedly became so overwrought that she stuffed a mink jacket down the toilet of a portable dressing room." See more »


Mary Forbes: I thought you weren't Italian?
Giovanni Doria: Because my mother comes from America, doesn't make me less Italian. In this country, its the men who count. You American women are much too emancipated.
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Written by Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Patti Page
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A Clever Allegory
8 January 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This film is full of ironical metaphors. We have a running Joseph and Mary / Adam and Eve biblical subtext. The surface sentimentality can be misleading. Rome Termini Station contains enough iconography of Heaven and Hell to make up an ironic parable. I'm surprised that so many critics have not picked up the clever gags. I suspect that the butchering of the film down to 63 minutes has something to do with it. The serpent and the apple, seeking refuge in the manger, Dante's innocent descending into the purgatory of the police station, two passionate innocents caught up in orthodox role structure, it's all there, if rather clumsily re-edited. The film clearly belongs to an era where film language a la Welles or Hitchcock was more sophisticated than much of today's mainstream cinema.

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