Vittorio De Sica

Indiscretion of an American Wife

Indiscretion of an American Wife

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.

Film Info

  • Vittorio De Sica
  • United States, Italy
  • 1953
  • 72 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #202

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Indiscretion of an American Wife
Cast
Montgomery Clift
Giovanni Doria
Jennifer Jones
Mary Forbes
Richard Beymer
Paul
Credits
Director
Vittorio De Sica
Associate producers
Marcello Girosi
Associate producers
Wolfgang Reinhardt
Music
Alessandro Cicognini
Conducted by
Franco Ferrara
Photographed by
Aldo Graziati
Editing
Eraldo Da Roma
Miss Jones' costumes designed by
Christian Dior
Art director
Virgilio Marchi
Production manager
Nino Misiano
Technical associate
Richard Van Hessen
Camera operator
Sergio Bergamini
Assistant director
Luisa Alessandri
Unit manager
Roberto Moretti
Sound engineers
Bruno Brunacci
Sound engineers
Alberto Bartolomei
Screenplay
Cesare Zavattini
Screenplay
Luigi Chiarini
Screenplay
Giorgio Prosperi
From a story by
Cesare Zavattini
Dialogue by
Truman Capote

From The Current

Indiscretion of an American Wife &
Terminal Station

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers when, in 1952, David O. Selznick commissioned Terminal Station (Stazione Termini, 1954) from him and his screenwriting partner, Cesare Zavattini. The film would be a gallant experim…

By Dave Kehr


Aug 18, 2003