Indiscretion of an American Wife

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Year Released: 1954
Rating: 1.0

Selznick no doubt had a hand in cutting down the running time of this film - De Sica's "original" cut is 20 minutes longer but I imagine it could have been more - not only because his precious wife, Jennifer Jones, has the starring role (the only reason Jones had a career was because of hubby David) but Selznick was always considered an obsessive control freak (pre-Weinstein, obviously). I have less to say than usual, actually: it's basically an unimaginative one-act play about a woman who has an affair with an Italian man (Montgomery Clift, very good) and is torn as to whether or not she should leave her husband for him. I doubt the extra twenty minutes would have fleshed this out - it would have taken another hour to actually make any sense of the story.