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Indiscretion of an American Wife
An argumentative collaboration between producer Selznik and director De Sicca. Clift & Jones give wooden performances as two unappealing lovers who end their affair. The story makes them seem horrible due to Selznik's mass editing if the story, ruining any sentiment and drama. Fine for some, but De Sicca's "Terminal Station" might be better. I give it a 2/5.
- Mr. Smith
The only reason I continued to watch this film is to make sure it was as bad as I thought it would be from the beginning. Jennifer Jones seems to emit no other expressions except pursing her face as if she's about to give birth. It gets old fast and so does her lack of ability to act. Montgomery Clift has his moments, but fails to convince me he has any remote Italian bone in his body, except his attempt to speak Italian isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Montgomery Clift's character is more like an overbearing "wife beater" wearing American. And Jennifer Jones is air-headed, fake and pretentious. The lack of development and portrayal makes any personal investment in these characters is impossible. You really end up wanting this movie to be over and done with and wish the two lovers never got involved in the first place, but find it hard to believe either would be attracted to the other. When Clift's character slaps Jennnifer Jones', and then somehow she's supposed to be excited to see him when he comes back for her ... makes absolutely no sense to me. Since all she seems to do is try to get away from him and make excuses to get out of his sight in the 1st place is utter ridiculous. There is nothing romantic about this movie. Its nauseating. The trains are nice though.
I can't believe this movie is being shown . . .
during TCM's 31 Days of Oscar event!! I could not imagine what award category this movie could have been a contender in. Well, thankfully, it was for costume design, because it sure doesn't deserve any nominations for acting by Mr. Clift or Ms. Jones. This is a ridiculous movie, other than it taking place in Italy, which I love.
This is one of the great love stories and genuine classic films. It's very much caught in a time bubble, but still great. I recommend this film. I would like to have seen the unedited version. Jennifer Jones is radiant and very convincing. Montgomery Clift gives an impressionable performance as her tormented lover. I wish they made films dealing with similar story lines as classy and as imaginative as this today.
Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953)
Great film...Montgomery Clift's acting & accent as an Italian lover were a bit forced, but couldn't take away his intrinsic charm.The timing of all the unexpected events was impeccable. It gave you a sense of urgency and sympathy towards the characters.The moments when he saw her daughter's photo in the luggage, and when the authority in the train station asked if she intended to board the next train were revealing and heartbreaking.Both actors would not have been my casting choices, but somehow their mismatch & awkwardness made it special in a good way.
i hated this picture
- robert zagardo
they missed a great opportunity in this film---montgomery clift should of got run over by the train
- Jae Brown
One of the most cringe-making displays I have ever been exposed to. However, like witnessing a train wreck,one cannot turn away. And anyway for most of the movie you cannot stop wondering if the seriously addled adultress will fail to claim her major crocodile bag and killer sable coat. And did we actually at one time produce in this country little droids like the fulsome Paul? So much to see, so much to think about.And what happened to poor Mr. Clift, was this shot after he ran into the iron gate? Don't get me started on Mr. Capote's dialog.....Just a senory overload!!