7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
, September 17, 2010
This review is from: Indiscreet (DVD)
When famous West End actress Anna (Ingrid Bergman) meets married diplomat Phillip (Cary Grant), sparks fly and the two begin a torrid love affair. Much later, Anna learns something about Phillip that puts their relationship in jeop
I love Bergman and Grant, but here they're stuck with a sily and dated script and the result is an epically boring movie; in fact, if it weren't for the gorgeous Christian Dior ball gowns, I wouldn't like anything about it. Cary seems to be doing an impersonation of himself, sleepwalking through his cliché mannerisms and speeches. He never seems sincere and keeps his costar at an emotional distance (but it is fun to see him dance a jig). Ingrid seems phony and arrogant and just off-putting. She's supposed to be glamorous but just looks tired and plain. They have no romantic chemistry at all and in keeping with the time, share only a few tepid kisses, though much more is implied. The dialogue is unbelievably stilted, so ultra-witty and sophisticated that it never sounds like real conversation. It's based on a play and filmed in a very artificial, stagy way.
I was amazed at how dull the movie was and actually dozed off in the middle. Because it's about a man who pretends to be married to avoid commitment and a woman who wants to carry on with a married man, I didn't like or admire either of them. The voluminous gowns are vintage 50s and are the best part of the movie.
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