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Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)

Stazione Termini (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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:

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Trivia

Not surprisingly, Vittorio De Sica favored realism and wasn't interested in Hollywood close-ups. David O. Selznick eventually hired cinematographer Oswald Morris to film some of these. See more »

Quotes

Mary Forbes: [tenderly holding each other while secretly aboard an empty train at the station] I could fall asleep - the warmth of you near me, the sound of your heart saying...
Giovanni Doria: Saying what?
Mary Forbes: [smiles] Together... together...
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Crazy Credits

'Photographed in its actual settings by G.R. Aldo'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 72 and 63 min. versions are both from Selznick and the only difference is that a 9 min. musical short, Autumn in Rome, filmed by James Wong Howe, and directed by the great art director William Cameron Menzies, in which Patti Page performed two songs inspire; by the film, was tacked on in order to bring the picture up to a standard feature length at 72 min. , when Columbia Pictures released Indiscretion in the U.S. in 1954. This is not a longer edit of the De Sica original. The Film only exists in two versions, the Selznick 63 and the De Sica 89. That short is also included on the Criterion Collection DVD, along with both versions of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Rhapsody in Blue
(uncredited)
Written by George Gershwin
(1924)
(heard as transition between the two Patti Page ballads)
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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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Release Date:

24 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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