- Terminal Station
name = Terminal Station
Vittorio De Sica
producer = Vittorio De Sica
music = Alessandro Cicognini
cinematography = Aldo Graziati
editing = Eraldo Da Roma
De Sica Productions
Selznick International Pictures
released = flagicon|Italy
April 2, 1953
May 10, 1954
runtime = 89 mins (original)
63 mins (edited)
country = USA /
language = English
amg_id = 1:24775
imdb_id = 0046366
"Terminal Station" ( _it. Stazione Termini) is a 1953 film
English languagefilm by Italian director Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of the love affair between an Italian man and an American woman.
The film is based on the story "Stazione Termini" by
Cesare Zavattini. Truman Capotewas credited with writing the entire screenplay, but later claimed to have written only two scenes ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 244] . The film was an international co-productionbetween De Sica's own company and the Hollywoodproducer David O. Selznick, who commissioned it as a vehicle for his wife, Jennifer Jones.
The production of the film was troubled from the very beginning.
Carson McCullerswas originally chosen to write the screenplay, but Selznick fired her and replaced her with a series of writers, including Paul Gallico, Alberto Moravia, and Capote ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 244] . Disagreements ensued between De Sica and Selznick, and during production, Selznick would write 40- and 50-page letters to his director every day, even though DeSica spoke no English. After agreeing to everything, De Sica has said, he simply did things his way ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 244] . Montgomery Cliftsided with De Sica in his disputes with Selznick, claiming that Selznick wanted the movie to look like a slick little love story, while De Sica wanted to depict a ruined romance. "Love relationship are ludicrous, painful, and gigantically disappointing. This couple loves each other but they become unconnected." ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 245]
During the filming, Jones lamented the recent death of her former husband, actor Robert Walker, and badly missed her two sons, who were in school in Switzerland ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 246] . She had been married to Selznick less than two years at that point, and they were having difficulties in the marriage.
The original release of the film ran 89 minutes, but it was later re-edited by Selznick down to 64 minutes and re-released as "Indiscretion of an American Wife" (and as "Indiscretion" in the
UK). Clift declared that he hated the picture and denounced it as "a big fat failure." ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 246] Critics of the day agreed, giving it universally bad reviews ["Montgomery Clift," by Patricia Bosworth, p. 244] .
The two versions have been released together on DVD by
The Criterion Collection.
A 1998 remake of the film was made for television under the title "Indiscretion of an American Wife".
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=202&eid=321§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by David Kehr]
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