Oscar Movies: Indiscretion of an American Wife (1954)–Disappointing Melodrama Starring Jennifer Jones

In this unsuccessful collaboration between producer David O. Selznick and director Vittorio De Sica, Jennifer Jones (Selznick’s wife) plays an American woman who meets her Italian lover (miscast Monty Clift) for the final time in Rome’s famous train station.

The original script by Cesare Zavattini and Mario Soldati was touched and retouched by various writers, including Carson McCullers, Paul Gallico, and Truman Capote.

Most of Jones’ close-ups were reshot by Selznick’s cameraman, Oswald Morris, unapproved by De Sic and his lenser, G. R. Aldo.

Severly compromised, the theatrical release was extremely short (over an hour), but fortunately there’s a new, reedited version of 1983, which reflects De Sica’s vision, titled Terminal Station.

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Costume Design (b/w): Christian Dior

Oscar Awards: None

 

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Costume Design was Edith Head for Sabrina.