Indiscretion of An American Wife

Indiscretion of An American Wife

&, Terminal Station

DVD - 2003
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An American housewife (Jennifer Jones) vacationing in Italy reluctantly decides to put an end to her brief affair with an Italian academic (Montgomery Clift). She flees to Rome's Stazione Termini, where she bids him farewell, but he begs her to stay. The film's plot is simple; its production was not. The troubled collaboration between director Vittorio De Sica and producer David O. Selznick resulted in two cuts of the same film. De Sica's version, Terminal Station, was screened at a length of one-and-a-half hours, but after disappointing previews, Selznick severely re-edited it and changed the title to Indiscretion of an American Wife without De Sica's permission.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection, [2003]
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781559409407
Branch Call Number: DVD IND
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (72, 89 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in.


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Sep 08, 2017

This DVD contains two versions of the 1954 melodrama: director Vittorio De Sica's 89-minute cut, titled "Terminal Station," and producer David O. Selznick's 72-minute cut, titled "Indiscretion of an American wife."
After disappointing previews, David Selznick severely reedited it and changed the title, but it seemes to me that Selznick's version simply makes it 17-minute shorter than the original without changing a storyline.
I don't see any point in doing that.
In any case, it is a simpl story and the director simply made it into a melodrama by exaggeration and sensationalism.
Although it appears silly, the performances of Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift are superb.

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