A new senior at a boy's prep school, finds himself harassed by the machismo culture of his classmates and the unfeelingly behavior by his father, only being treated with decency by his roommate and with affection by the coach's wife.
The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also ... See full summary »
Arturo de Córdova,
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
[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...
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'Photographed in its actual settings by G.R. Aldo'. See more »
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 »
Rhapsody in Blue
Written by George Gershwin
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Jones-Clift forbidden liaison reaches a climax
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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