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Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Stazione Termini (original title)
Not Rated | | 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.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Cesare Zavattini (from the story "Terminal Station"), Cesare Zavattini (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Mary Forbes
Montgomery Clift ... Giovanni Doria
Gino Cervi ... Police commissioner
Richard Beymer ... Paul Stevens (as Dick Beymer)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

This Longing... This Yearning... This Wanting...

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiscretion of an American Wife See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Mary Forbes: This morning, I woke up. It was scarcely dawn. I couldn't wait to see you. To hear your voice. I wandered through the streets, like a sleepwalker. It was raining and I hoped the rain would wash it away. This needing you and wanting.
Giovanni Doria: You think the rain can do that?
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'Photographed in its actual settings by G.R. Aldo'. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the US release producer David O. Selznick cut the film down to 72 minutes and retitled it "Indiscretion of an American Wife" without director Vittorio De Sica's permission. See more »

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Indiscretion
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Written by Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn, from Alessandro Cicognini's score
Sung by Patti Page
Published by Warner Chappell Music, Inc./Cromwell Music Inc./Hanover Music Corp.
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Jones-Clift forbidden liaison reaches a climax
19 June 2017 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

The Indiscretion of an American Wife from 1953 is directed by Vittoria de Sica, Italian realist par excellence. The movie is something of a departure for him because it doesn't involve Italians struggling against poverty, loneliness, or rejection. Instead, we have two American actors, Jennifer Jones as Mary, and Montgomery Clift, as Giovanni--two lovers caught up in a whirlwind American-Italian romance. Both Jones and Clift display the raw emotions of two people in a love affair that seems destined to end. Behind the exterior of a gracious lady who dotes on her nephew Paul, played by Richard Beymer, there is a woman longing for the forbidden fruit. But she is married with a young daughter and she feels she has no choice. Clift is equally passionate and cannot be kept from the pursuit. I have trouble liking the character played by Montgomery Clift, for reasons that should be clear to anyone who sees the film. He does redeem himself by risking his life to see her one last time. What he has is charisma. It's purely physical but he is loaded. The movie is played out in a short drama inside Rome's vast train station, housing young families, migrant workers, priests, schoolchildren and these star-crossed lovers. Family members, onlookers and even the local authorities seem to deny them their last few moments together. While it seems dated in many ways, the tension is as riveting as ever.


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