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INDISCREET: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Anna Kaplan (Ingrid Bergman) may be a successful stage actress, but her love life is a flop. When she meets her brother-in-law's good looking, suave colleague Philip Adams (Cary Grant), there is an instant attraction. But there is a snag. Philip tells Anna early in their relationship that although he has split from his wife, she will never give him a divorce. When Anna discovers that Philip is not married at all and that his pretence is simply to protect his bachelor status, she decides to teach him a lesson.

Review by Louise Keller:
'How dare he make love to me and not be a married man,' Ingrid Bergman's Anna retorts when she discovers her lover is not married man after all. It might be a little dated, but Indiscreet, with its delightful pairing of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, remains a witty, sophisticated romantic comedy with timeless appeal. Love and revenge are the main juicy ingredients and Bergman and Grant play their parts with panache and elegance.

The story is loosely based on Norman Krasna's stage play Kind Sir, and here the New York setting has been replaced by London, with Grant's diplomat commuting each weekend from Paris. Back onscreen together for the first time since Notorious with roles that are worldly and mature, there's a playfulness that is a joy to watch. Love makes for an alluring tug of war, but revenge is the piece de resistance.

Strong supporting performances from Cecil Parker and Phyllis Calvert as Anna's brother in law and sister, who are her confidantes in matters of the heart. How could we forget Anna's shock when Calvert's Margaret drops the bombshell, nor the carefully planned theatrical scenario when Anna plays out her revenge. Watch out for David Kossoff as the chauffeur who agrees to play the part of the make-believe lover and Megs Jenkins as the loyal maid. Stanley Donen (who later directed Grant in Charade) makes the most of the material and the result is a genuinely funny, breezy classic romance for grown ups. The haunting title tune by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (recorded by Frank Sinatra four years later) acts as a reminder of the bitter sweetness of the film's theme.

Published April 26, 2007

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INDISCREET: DVD (PG)
(US, 1958)

CAST: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert, David Kossoff, Megs Jenkins

PRODUCER: Stanley Donen

DIRECTOR: Stanley Donen

SCRIPT: Norman Krasna

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Freddie Young

EDITOR: Jack Harris

MUSIC: Richard Rodney Bennett

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Donald M. Ashton

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16x9 Anamorphic 1.78-1

SPECIAL FEATURES: none

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount

DVD RELEASE: April 19, 2007







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