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August 30, 2010

Indiscreet (1958)
Director: Stanley Donen
Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Phyllis Calvert

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Synopsis: Two middle-aged London singletons, Philip and Anna (Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), engage in playful matters of the heart.

Review: Old-fashioned and theatrical Indiscreet may be, but it’s a gorgeous little chamber piece of a movie and testament to the enduring lure of a rattling good script, wondrous production design and a beautiful Technicolor sheen. Even the slightly stuffy premise of seasoned middle-aged lovers bickering over the etiquette of bachelordom versus marriage is given a game edge by the indisputable chemistry between a demure Ingrid Bergman and a caddish Cary Grant. There’s nothing per se really at stake in the narrative, but from a cinephile’s perspective this is a lovely little treat from yesteryear and a reminder of the pleasure and ease with which classy pictures were rattled off the production line. (September 2009)

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