Indiscretion of an American Wife/Terminal Station [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

Criterion's side-by-side presentation of the two edits of Vittorio De Sica's Terminal Station -- the original European release and David O. Selznick's dumbed-down Hollywood hack job, Indiscretion of an American Wife -- provides a fascinating look at what is, in any version, one of the director's more intriguing minor efforts. Loaded with Freudian analysis, film scholar Leonard Leff's commentary is somewhat dry and academic, but he points up even the most minute differences between the two edits of the film, and is sure to include plenty of dishy anecdotes about leads Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift. (The best is Clift's remark comparing Jones to a faulty briefcase: "It's beautiful but it doesn't quite work.") As always, the transfer and sound mix of both versions are impeccable, and the trailers and promotional items point up the difficult marketing task posed by De Sica's subtle, contemplative film. Also included with the film is a two-song Patti Page musical prelude, which Selznick tacked on to U.S. prints of Indiscretion to pad out its scant length. Though corny and static, the songs are beautifully framed by master cinematographer James Wong Howe's inventive, high-contrast compositions.
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Overview

Special Features

  • High-definition digital transfers of both films, with restored image and sound
  • Commentary by film scholar and writer Leonard Leff on "Indiscretion of an American Wife"
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Publicity sketches and original newspaper ads
  • English subtitles
  • RSDL dual-layer edition for optimal image quality

Synopsis

Terminal Station
Indiscretion of an American Wife
Legendary producer David O. Selznick teamed with Italian neorealist Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thief) to bring audiences this heartfelt romantic drama concerning the pain of lost love and the difficulty of saying goodbye. When a beautiful but married American woman, Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones), meets a handsome Italian, Giovanni Doria (Montgomery Clift), while on holiday in Rome, their forbidden affair soon develops into something more for the lovelorn Giovanni. As Mary bids her heartbroken lover farewell at the train station, Giovanni cannot repress his true feelings and begs her to remain with him in Italy. With a script that credits such writers as Truman Capote, Carson McCullers, Paul Gallico, and Alberto Moravia, Indiscretion of an American Wife has endured to become a true buried treasure of romantic cinema. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones - Mary Forbes
  • Montgomery Clift
    Montgomery Clift - Giovanni Doria
  • Gino Cervi
    Gino Cervi - Commissioner
  • Richard Beymer
    Richard Beymer - Paul, Mary's nephew
  • Nando Bruno
    Nando Bruno - Employee
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