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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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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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Referenced in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »

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Indiscretion
Written by Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Patti Page
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Very brief "Brief Encounter" re-staging with an Italian milieu...
24 February 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Cesare Zavattini's slim story "Terminal Station" turned into somewhat-overblown star-vehicle for Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift, who manage to create romantic tension despite director Vittorio De Sica's insistence upon an overly-busy background. These indiscreet lovers (she a married housewife from Philadelphia and he the half-Italian professor who adores her) are consistently spied upon by accusing eyes while saying their reluctant farewells in Rome's railway station. De Sica appears to be just as interested in the central couple as he is in the woman's young nephew (Dick Beymer) who simply refuses to leave, happy party groups, another group of serious-faced priests, an elderly Italian and his apples, a pregnant woman, the overachievers on the police force, etc. Told in 'real time', the looming faces of the many clocks (reminding our couple of her impending trip home) become a red herring in the proceedings, which do have intriguing moments in spite of the fact Clift shows no signs of Italian blood (he barely seems to comprehend the language!). Jones, in a tidy Jane Wyman-ish hairdo, ably manages to convey the torn emotions of a woman with a family who has found passion at last, and her performances is certainly worth-seeing. Clift makes a fantastically dramatic exit from a moving train, but otherwise just fills the bill. David O. Selznick production has the requisite gloss, but could have used a bit more fire under its icy exterior. **1/2 from ****


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