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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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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10 May 1954 (USA)  »

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Indiscretion of an American Wife  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because the movie was cut to 63 minutes for American audiences, David O. Selznick had William Cameron Menzies film a special prologue featuring Patti Page, in her movie debut, singing two songs created by Paul Weston from the soundtrack themes by Alessandro Cicognini, "Autumn in Rome" and "Indiscretion." The prologue is not shown with the TV prints or with the various P.D. versions of the film that are circulating, but it has been beautifully restored on the Criterion DVD version of the movie, which itself has been restored back to its original length as "Terminal Station." Patti did not appear on the big screen again until six years later in Elmer Gantry (1960). 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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Referenced in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »


Autumn in Rome
Written by Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Patti Page
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Kill the Music Already
23 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

** (out of 4)

An American wife (Jennifer Jones) needs to leave Italy for Paris but she's having a hard time letting go of her Italian lover (Montgomery Clift). Originally this was released as STAZIONE TERMINI at 89-minutes but when it hit America, the producer chopped it down to just 63-minutes and added this new title. I'm not going to try and review the original since I haven't seen it but I really do hope it's better than this thing here, which is just a boring mess. Again, I have no idea why David O. Selznick decided to cut this movie down and I'm not certain if it helped or hurt it. I can say that this version here is just one big, boring melodrama that thankfully features two good actors or else this would have been a real disaster. I knew I was in trouble early on during a scene where the woman is writing a note, can't finish it and just crumbles it up. This is when the first loud, swelling music happened and this here was a clue that we were just going to get a boring, wannabe tear-jerker. Throughout the movie there were at least a dozen moments where the music would go loud and over-dramatic but I guess they were trying to use the music to make up for the fact that nothing you were watching was dramatic or emotion. This movie is really, really trying to make the viewer feel for these characters but that's pretty much impossible especially when you know so little about them. The majority of the time they just come across as two people who need to get a life. Both Jones and Clift are good in their roles but I'd say that both of them had much better days. I think just knowing how great they are made up for the fact that they weren't given much and I'm not too convinced that Monty was the right person for the role. What's really shocking is that director Vittorio DeSica made the masterpiece UMBERTO D before this thing.

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