One of my very favorite movies. Why? It's such a perfect little gem of a film that it's almost impossible to take it apart to see how it works. It is undeniably a slight film, but it has the elegant simplicity of a fine Swiss watch. Bergman and Grant's characters live in a world of wealth - fine clothing and food, casual international travel, servants but always come across as real people in a real romance - funny, tempermental, charming, silly, scheming, brilliant, irrational and clever. The film is one of the great treasures of the romance/light comedy genre. Oh. With all due <more>
respect to Ms. Down and Mr. Wagner, the fact that this film was remade in the 1990's with Robert Wagner and Lesley-Anne Down is one of the great sins of Hollywood.
Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant are marvelous together in this movie. I could not take my eyes off from watching them perform. Cary is great with comedy. Ingrid, I was amazed how she performed in this role. She was absolutely fantastic. Her famous line, "How dare he make love to me and not be a married man," is hilarious. Cecil Parker and Phyllis Calvert who played Anna's brother-in-law and sister are very entertaining. David Kossoff and Meg Jenkins who played the housekeepers are excellent in their parts. Everyone seemed to fit in so well which made the movie what it is, splendid <more>
in every way. I cannot say enough about this movie. All I can say, is don't miss it. You will enjoy every minute of it.
Not only is this a great movie, but it contains one of the greatest lines ever in a movie. When Ingrid Bergman finds out the Carry Grant is not married and has been lying to her she turns flings her arms in the air and says in a very dramatic and theatrical voice "How dare he sleep with me and NOT be married to another woman!!" This movie is fun and the dialogue is witty and comical. You definitely have to pay attention and believe it its worth it!! :
Wonderful, light comedy-no messages, no meanings, just enjoy! (by chris-glo)
I have been reading some of the comments about this film. Everyone needs to lighten up - This movie is basically what movie making is supposed to be about: ENTERTAINMENT! This is a light comedy. It stars two of the screens finest: Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. It has no hidden message, no hidden meanings. Just sit back and enjoy the performances. The entire cast is splendid - and directed very, very well. It was intended to be a "fun" film. It is fun to see the relationship blossom - it's fun to see the chaos that ensues. I have always adored Ingrid Bergman - I have always <more>
loved Cary Grant. You'll love them, too. Stanley Donen made very adult films, meaning subject, not content in this case. There is nothing in this film that children should not see - they just won't understand it. But it was not made for kids anyway, so, pop some popcorn, grab a soda, put your feet up and have fun watching this film!
Famous actress meets wealthy diplomat. Object: Matrimony (by chowse1)
Fifty years later it's hard to remember that this was the film that returned Ingrid Bergman to the grace and favour of the world. Following what was then a "scandalous" affair with Roberto Rossellini, it took the star power of Cary Grant to re-introduce her to studios and fans. Moreover, he intentionally fought for her as his co-star when she was effectively black listed. We should be grateful he won.The genre of "drawing room comedy" has sadly passed but we are fortunate to have this example as to why it succeeded for centuries. If not the funniest film ever made it <more>
is consistently amusing and witty. This is a play that is assisted by the stars but has stature on it's own in the dialogue. Unlike American "Sitcoms" there are no set ups for a joke or a guffaw but it flows down a consistently diverting path with no pauses for commercials or to try and explain itself. The plot about a famous actress who meets a charming diplomat and falls in love isn't much you need worry about. From the opening credits it's clear what the ending will be, it's how they get to the end that holds our attention. Bergman and Grant are both superlative actors who in the process of seeming not to really act turn in wonderful performances. What they say has the feel of reality when the actuality is that it's been thoughtfully constructed. The often quoted line, "How dare he make love to me and not be a married man", sums up every one's attitude to a rather casual acceptance of a situation as it is. There's no simpering about matters sexual, but, happily, we're spared the deed done. If you watch closely there's an artfully directed exchange between the two characters in bed whilst separated by the English Channel. It worked then and, some years later, for Doris Day and Rock Hudson in a split screen with them both in bathtubs. Director Stanley Donen uses London as a character and does not try and improve on it by having studio constructed interiors when the real things are at hand. And who knew Cary Grant could do an energetic Highland Fling? At base, only six people appear-there are a very few very minor characters-who take full advantage of a droll script and play it as if they were telling the audience, in flash back, of an event that has just finished. It's a wonderful, delicious story and you're glad to hear it particularly as it's so well told. Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places is a good basis. That they can talk about what they're doing in diverting ways makes INDISCREET a necessary lesson in love, charm and confusion.
How could I have lived so long and never come across this gem of a movie before? I found it in a bargain box of dvds, shame and bought it because of the names and the price. Well, what a find! I sat down to watch for the first time a couple of nights ago and was glued to the spot. Charming, light hearted and entertaining were my first impressions, but a few laugh out loud moments were soon added. I did get a bit frustrated that she didn't just dump or thump him and start again as a modern woman would have done, but hey, he IS Cary Grant and it WAS 50 years ago.Lovely, lovely movie, not a <more>
dull moment - recommend this to anyone who enjoys the above mentioned qualities. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant et al - no duds there, not to mention the star quality of London by night.Those misery guts who hate it have to bear in mind that it was a daring movie for its time, and it was never meant to be deep and profound. It's fun, and well done fun at that.
Indiscreet is one of the great examples of the multiple advantages of film over the live performance. The film was taken from a play on Broadway entitled Kind Sir that had almost a year's run and starred Charles Boyer and Mary Martin. The entire play is set in the apartment of the leading lady.Stanley Donen didn't settle for that. He used the entire city of London as a set and the day and night life of London is glitteringly photographed in technicolor. This film has only seven speaking parts, but all the glitz hides that beautifully.We're talking here about romance among the very <more>
upper crust. Ingrid Bergman is a world famous actress getting on in years, but still looking sharp and looking for love. Cary Grant is a sophisticated diplomat who avoids marriage by making up a fictitious wife that he says will not divorce him. Now those roles are hardly an acting stretch for those two leading players, but I defy anyone to come up with better casting.Indiscreet has a nice title song that is only heard instrumentally, but Frank Sinatra fans will find the James Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn song on one of his albums. Too bad it wasn't sung in the film.Cary Grant has always been one leading man who has never been afraid of doing some very physical comedy in his films. Arsenic and Old Lace and The Bachelor and The Bobby Soxer come immediately to mind, but Indiscreet has one of my favorite Cary Grant moments. During a black tie and tuxedo affair, a foursome reel is called. Grant doesn't have the foggiest idea how to do the foursome reel, but he does one grand job at trying to fake it and the other dancers enjoy his impromptu efforts as did this member of the audience.No deep messages in Indiscreet, just good old entertainment brought to us a by a leading man and lady still with fans the world over.
Average romance/comedy made above average by the mere presence of two legendary movie stars.The story moves along quite slow but romance comedy fans will be rewarded during the second part of the movie as the complications stir up the energy a bit.The script and screenplay could have been much better but the cinematography,despite limited settings,was good enough to capture the charm of the two lead superstars.Only for fans of the lead stars and big fans of romance/comedy movies.......
lovely film, lovely stars (by blanche-2)
You can't get much higher on the star ladder than Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, and these two are reunited for the light comedy, "Indiscreet," based on the play "Kind Sir." It's about a successful actress in London who's through with men and suddenly becomes very interested in them again when she's introduced to Cary Grant. He could sure shake me out the doldrums, too. The trouble with Grant is that he's a married man...he says.Bergman is charming and quite funny. I especially love the phone call when Grant calls up from the lobby - all for the benefit <more>
of the apartment staff - and she makes faces, rolls her eyes and indicates that this charade of "oh, well, just come up for one drink then" is only for the sake of her reputation - meanwhile, she's found out about a charade of his own and is ripping mad at him. She plots to get even with him - and what a plot! I love the way this film was done - these two are having an affair but it's only assumed, never actually shown. Grant is his usual stunningly handsome, elegant self, and few actors had his turn of a phrase or panache. He and Bergman, as in Notorious, make a beautiful, magnetic couple. This is not a laugh-out-loud comedy, but it is a delight. This film was remade for TV with the gorgeous Lesley-Anne Down and Robert Wagner, but it wasn't the same without the stars and Stanley Donen's touch.