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
I generally don't like love stories, too schmaltzy, but this film, along with Brief Encounter are my favorites. Ironically they both have train stations as important location. However, I think that their major attraction is that they are about love lost in a time long ago before I was born, and made before I was born. Criticism has been made about the casting of Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift. However, I think that they are perfect together. So Monty does not have an Itallian accent. but if this film is shown in foreign countries, his voice is probably dubbed, and hopefully dubbed with the same performance that he is able to give in his English performance.
He is able to give a great performance of a man who is going to lose a woman, though married, who he has had an affair with, and who is older than him. If you have ever been in that position of having been infatuated with someone who is older than you, or have had that love, and known you would not be having her in your life, Montgomery Clift gives that amazing performance, and you can feel his pain. His last shot in the film, is a classic. Jennifer Jones in this film, what can I say, if you are a man, you can understand Clifts feelings. It was rumored, from another source here on IMDb, that Jones was interested in Monty. If true, she is able to give those feelings in her performance. Their dialog together has the feeling of sexual needs that an American film could not have had at that time. Even young Richard Beymers character, I felt a young boy who wishes he could have a love affair with Jennifer Jones.
Wonderful cinematography in this film, that takes place in this international train station, and wonderful supporting characters. Their arrest is quite memorable as well, though (according to the audio commentary on the Criterion DVD) elicited laughter in Italy, where they said such an arrest would not have happened, though another IMDb observer apparently claims would have happened. Which is the truth.
A great film about love and lust all rolled into one.
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