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September Affair (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 October 1950 (USA)
An industrialist and a pianist who fall in love in postwar Italy are pronounced dead when they miss their flight home, but the former's wife does not give him up.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Fritz Rotter (story), Robert Thoeren (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Joseph Cotten ... David Lawrence
Françoise Rosay ... Maria Salvatini
Jessica Tandy ... Catherine Lawrence
Robert Arthur ... David Lawrence Jr
Jimmy Lydon ... Johnny Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Grazzi
Grazia Narciso Grazia Narciso ... Bianca
Anna Demetrio ... Rosita
Lou Steele Lou Steele ... Vittorio Portini
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Mr. Peppino
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Storyline

An industrialist (Joseph Cotten) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this artificial arrangement leads to greater and greater stress. Eventually the situation collapses when they come to pursue their original, individual interests without choosing a common path. Written by Mark Carroll

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det var på Capri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cinematographer Charles Lang fell ill during production. Daniel L. Fapp filled in for him until Lang recovered and came back to work. See more »

Goofs

When they are touring the ruins of Pompeii, David remarks about the beautiful sunset. But it is obvious from the way the shadows lie, that the sun is still high in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Jim: There's no vacation for decency.
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Connections

Featured in Down Came a Blackbird (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude No. 15
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The ultimate escapist romantic drama - it doesn't get better than this!
26 June 2008 | by broomy22313See all my reviews

What can I say? This is a wonderful, gentle film, the kind, sadly, Hollywood no longer makes. I saw it first twenty years ago, and it haunted me ever since; I try to watch it once every couple of years. Fontaine and Cotten are in top form here, as are all the supporting actors (especially Tandy). The plot is absolute escapist romantic fare, which I'll leave others to describe. While on the surface the main catch may seem far-fetched, it's handled with surprising credibility; one cannot help but feel caught up in the lovers' dilemma. Given their once-in-a-million opportunity, would any of us have done anything different? Can we judge them?

But, despite the outstanding acting and story, the real stars here are the music and the Italian settings. The haunting song "September Affair," played in the film, was recorded shortly before Walter Huston's death and released posthumously; the poignancy of this fact, and the skillful usage in the film, made both a huge sensation. The captivating black-and-white Italian scenery, especially in Rome and Capri (check out the awesome sequence in the cave at Capri) is worth watching just by itself - much of the same would be captured later in Technicolor (but not as effectively) in the film Rome Adventure. An unforgettable viewing experience; if you love escapism and romance, don't miss this one.


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