Indiscretion of an American Wife


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Year: 1953
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift, Richard Beymer
Original Language: English
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 19-Aug-03
Runtime (minutes):

SKU: CC1592DVD Categories: ,


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.

* 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_

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