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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Indiscreet (1958)

A famous stage actress (Ingrid Bergman) falls in love with a NATO diplomat (Cary Grant) even though she knows he's married. What she doesn't know is that, in fact, he is a bachelor who uses his "marriage" as an excuse to avoid entanglements. Based on the stage play KIND SIR by Norman Krasna (who also wrote the script), this romantic comedy makes no attempt to be cinematic and most of the action takes place in Bergman's plush London apartment. The dialog is hardly scintillating nor particularly witty but I can think of worse ways than spending an evening with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman reuniting some 12 years after NOTORIOUS. There are pleasures to be had basking in their presence (these are real Movie Stars) and it's a treat to see Bergman in a rare, full out glamour role (her costumes are by Dior and Pierre Balmain). The talents of the great cinematographer Freddie Young and composer Richard Rodney Bennett are overqualified for fluff like this. Directed by Stanley Donen. With Phyllis Calvert, Cecil Parker, Megs Jenkins and David Kossoff.

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