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Indiscretion of an American Wife

Vittorio De Sica

 
Indiscretion of an American Wife (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy, United States
  • 1953
  • 72 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #202

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. The Criterion Collection is proud to present both versions of this controversial release.

Cast

Credits

DirectorVittorio De Sica
Associate producersMarcello Girosi and Wolfgang Reinhardt
MusicAlessandro Cicognini
Conducted byFranco Ferrara
Photographed byAldo Graziati
EditingEraldo Da Roma
Miss Jones' costumes designed byChristian Dior
Art directorVirgilio Marchi
Production managerNino Misiano
Technical associateRichard Van Hessen
Camera operatorSergio Bergamini
Assistant directorLuisa Alessandri
Unit managerRoberto Moretti
Sound engineersBruno Brunacci and Alberto Bartolomei
ScreenplayCesare Zavattini, Luigi Chiarini and Giorgio Prosperi
From a story byCesare Zavattini
Dialogue byTruman Capote

Disc Features

  • Includes new digital transfers of both versions of the film: Indiscretion of an American Wife: Selznick’s 72-minute cut, including the Patti Page-performed overture “Autumn in Rome” and “Indiscretion”; Terminal Station (Stazione termini): De Sica’s original 89-minute version
  • Exclusive audio commentary on Indiscretion by film scholar Leonard Leff (Hitchcock and Selznick: The Rich and Strange Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Promotional materials
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Eva Wah

Film Essays

Indiscretion of an American Wife & Terminal Station

By Dave KehrAugust 18, 2003

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers when, in 1952, David O. . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Indiscretion of an American Wife & Terminal Station

By Dave KehrAugust 18, 2003

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers when, in 1952, David O. . . . Read more »