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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 | English

Release Date:

24 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiscretion of an American Wife See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the Italian version of the film, Jennifer Jones is dubbed by Lydia Simoneschi, Montgomery Clift by Giulio Panicali and young Richard Beymer by Corrado Pani. See more »

Quotes

Giovanni Doria: Why did you come with me?
Mary Forbes: You didn't look very wicked. I'm not an imaginative woman. It was you. It was Rome! And I'm a housewife from Philadelphia.
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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 »

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 »


Soundtracks

Indiscretion
(uncredited)
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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Impressive tragic romance
9 September 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

The concept of "Stazione Termini" has always been highly appealing to me. In the mode of "Brief Encounter," which director David Lean brought successfully to the screen earlier, "Stazione" potentially offers the same rewards.

The combination of director Vittorio De Sica and writer Cesare Zavattini was natural. Likewise, the pairing of Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones was intriguing.

Yet, the efforts of all these great talents failed to produce the monumental work expected. What went wrong?

The contribution of David O. Selznick, while thoroughly professional as always, may have strangely thrown off the delicate balance.

This was very much an Italian work. The American actors were portraying characters who were essentially visitors to a foreign land--guests and tourists operating within the cultural discretion of their Roman hosts. Where these characters failed to completely understand and operate with respect to the Italian sensibility and heritage, so Mr. Selznick may likewise have inadvertently intruded upon the proceedings by introducing his own distinctive American values and approaches to filmmaking.

In short, Selnick and De Sica did not mix well here. To this viewer, the production would have been much more viable had Selnick remained more in the background, allowing the proven creativity of the De Sica team to work its own magic.

Likewise, a more distinctive score could have made a considerable difference. While the music was most appropriate, it did not make a truly "classic" statement. Finally, the unfortunate editing paired the film down to so short a duration that the drama simply lacked the time to make a moving impression. "Stazione" seems as much a mood as character piece, and De Sica required footage to accomplish this.

Despite these shortcomings, "Stazione Termini" contains beautifully modulated performances by Clift and Jones, as the sad lovers who must part and go their separate ways. De Sica's direction is sensitive and compassionate, and the film remains a poignant moment in the lives of two lonely people clinging to one final opportunity to express forbidden love.


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