Indiscreet (1958) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Cary Grant was one of the greatest leading men that Hollywood has ever known.  He starred in a wide variety of classics ranging from North by Northwest (1959) to Operation Petticoat (1959).  His own personal favorite film from his own filmography was actually a delightful comedy that co-stars Ingrid Bergman, and their chemistry definitely appears on-screen.  Perhaps that is why the romance between their characters is openly displayed in a film called Indiscreet, because there is nothing discrete about the love that the fictional couple, Philip Adams and Anna Kalman, genuinely share between them.

A Toast 

This film is simply a joyous romantic comedy!  Cary Grant does some of his best work here, which is probably why this was his favorite film.  Both Grant and Bergman received Golden Globe nominations for their outstanding comedic performances, and this film is definitely a crowd-pleaser.  The best part about this complex love story is that this film showcases romance without being too sentimental and melodramatic.  That has actually been an issue in plenty of other romantic films, such as the 1939 classic Wuthering Heights.  Even though this film failed to win any Golden Globes and received zero Oscar nominations, it is still an underrated classic.
Cary Grant might be known for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, but he actually did well with Stanley Donen as well.  The film Indiscreet is simply another example of the versatility of this famous actor.  This is also Nora Ephron’s favorite film, and its style of humor could have inspired Ephron to make her own romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and Julie & Julia (2009).  Hopefully audiences will be able to appreciate the subtle humor within this film (and similar romantic comedies) because it shows how a film does not need to be raunchy in order to be funny.

Indiscreet (1958) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Anna Kalman changes her dress
Take a Drink: every time Philip and Anna have conversations using old-fashioned telephones
Have a Drink: whenever the characters have drinks

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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