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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

A short, Autumn in Rome (1954), was supervised by David O. Selznick as a prologue to to supplement the feature's brief 63 minute running time. 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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Crazy Credits

Although Selznick is not the official producer, he manages to get 'Selznick Releasing Organization inc' in small letters under the film's main title- immediately before " A Vittorio de Sica Production". See more »

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Rhapsody in Blue
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A Clever Allegory
8 January 2009 | by smarlow-6See all my reviews

This film is full of ironical metaphors. We have a running Joseph and Mary / Adam and Eve biblical subtext. The surface sentimentality can be misleading. Rome Termini Station contains enough iconography of Heaven and Hell to make up an ironic parable. I'm surprised that so many critics have not picked up the clever gags. I suspect that the butchering of the film down to 63 minutes has something to do with it. The serpent and the apple, seeking refuge in the manger, Dante's innocent descending into the purgatory of the police station, two passionate innocents caught up in orthodox role structure, it's all there, if rather clumsily re-edited. The film clearly belongs to an era where film language a la Welles or Hitchcock was more sophisticated than much of today's mainstream cinema.


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