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Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Stazione Termini (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 May 1954 (USA)
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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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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Trivia

Marlon Brando, Louis Jourdan, and Richard Burton were all considered for the role of Giovanni Doria. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn in Rome
Written by Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn, from Alessandro Cicognini's score
Sung by Patti Page
Copyright Cromwell Music Inc. (1954)
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Derailment: When Hollywood collides with Neo-Realism
1 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Between his two classic works The Bicycle Thief and Umberto D. Vittorio DeSica and GWTW producer David Selznick got together to make this turgid melodrama that chugs along sluggishly the entire ride. Neo-Realist Master De Sica working with big Hollywood stars made for an unorthodox pairing and the results are disastrous.

American Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones) has a brief passionate affair with young handsome Giovanni Darvi (Montgomery Clift) while visiting Italy. She attempts to break it off but he remains persistent and she weakens amid the chaotic atmosphere of the Rome train station where they have come to exchange bittersweet goodbyes.

This truncated 63 minute version of a longer film is all the proof one needs to see what an abysmal undertaking it is. De Sica who had the magic touch of perfectly casting leads with amateur actors errs in a big way by miscasting an American Method as a Latin charmer. The introspective Monty Clift is downright embarrassing as he exhibits little passion and a bad accent that makes you want to cringe. Vapid beauty Jennifer Jones is also a bad coupling as she roams the station key lit with a pained expression, incapable of stretching beyond screen queen.

The cinematography is uninspired and the setting itself utilized poorly as De Sica has the same extras scurrying about like ants racing for trains from beginning to end. And with nearly a third of the film excised the editing suffers immeasurably. Even the one shot match cuts are uneven as it jumps from the expressive Clift to the blank beauty of Jones.

The laughable climax of this steam less melodrama adds insult to injury as the lovers are treated like recalcitrant teens. However, it matters little since Stazione Termini never gets on track from the outset.


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