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INDISCREET (1958)

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Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman first appeared on screen together as costars in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946). Over a decade later, they reunited for their second film. While this may lack the danger of Notorious, it certainly matches it in intrigue. Bergman stars as an actress who’s outraged to learn that her married lover (Grant) is actually single and launches a plan to get back at him for his ruse. Director Stanley Donen had previously established himself with musicals like On the Town (1949) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). With the musical genre’s decline, he was looking to reinvent himself and seized on the chance to direct this sophisticated adaptation of Norman Krasna’s play, Kind Sir. He gave the film an elegant sheen, from Bergman’s Christian Dior wardrobe, to furnishing her character’s apartment with art by Picasso and Dufy. He also used one of the first split screen effects to put the stars in bed together even though their characters were 300 miles apart (the censors of the day wouldn’t even let married couples share the same bed). The film’s success set Donen on a new career path, leading to such sophisticated fare as Charade (1963), also with Grant, and Two for the Road (1967). (d. Stanley Donen, 100m, DCP)

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