- 1 hr 40 min
Indiscreet is a 1958 romantic comedy starring two of Hollywood's biggest stars of that era, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. The film is directed by Stanley Donen and produced by the legendary filmmaker, Edward Small. The story revolves around a budding romance between a famous American television personality, played by Grant, and an elegant and accomplished actress, portrayed by Bergman. The film is set in London, where Anna Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) is a highly respected actress who has a reputation for being single but happy. One evening, she meets Philip Adams (Cary Grant), a charming and charmingly rogue-like economist who has recently moved to London from New York. Philip is immediately drawn to Anna, and the two of them hit it off right away. Philip, however, is afraid of commitment and has a complicated past, as he is already married but separated from his wife. He initially hides this fact from Anna, but she eventually finds out and is understandably upset. Despite the bump in their relationship, the two of them eventually decide to give their love a chance and begin a serious relationship. The film's central conflict arises when Anna's ex-boyfriend, a theater producer, convinces her to take a starring role in his latest play. The play is set to be a resounding success and will require Anna to travel to Paris for its premiere. It is at this point that Philip is forced to reveal his biggest secret to her, leaving Anna with a difficult choice to make. Throughout the film, there are several amusing and delightful scenes that are typical of a romantic comedy. For instance, there is a memorable sequence where Anna pretends to be a friend of Philip's from New York to see how much he can remember about her life. Another funny scene involves Anna's brother, Alfred (played by Cecil Parker), who is always around to offer his opinions and advice to Anna, which she rarely takes. The film's main draw, however, is the on-screen chemistry between Grant and Bergman. This is the fourth film they made together, and their performances in Indiscreet demonstrate why they were one of Hollywood's most beloved screen duos. The two of them radiate effortless charm and charisma, and their comic timings are impeccable. The film's production values are also impressive, with beautiful and vibrant scenes set in London and Paris. The glowing Technicolor cinematography by Frederic A. Young evokes the essence of the 1950s, as the glamorous world of showbiz and international travel is depicted in all its sophisticated glory. Finally, the film's score, composed by Richard Addinsell, is another highlight. The music elegantly supports the movie's romantic narrative, with its memorable themes and sweeping orchestral melodies adding to the film's overall charm. Indiscreet was a critical and commercial success upon its release in 1958, grossing over $4 million worldwide. It went on to receive several award nominations, including two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress (Bergman) and Best Screenplay. Today, the film is considered a classic of the romantic comedy genre and a testament to the enduring talents of Grant and Bergman.