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September Affair (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 October 1950 (USA)
An industrialist and a pianist who fall in love in postwar Italy are pronounced dead when they miss their flight home, but the former's wife does not give him up.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Fritz Rotter (story), Robert Thoeren (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Fontaine ... Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Joseph Cotten ... David Lawrence
Françoise Rosay ... Maria Salvatini
Jessica Tandy ... Catherine Lawrence
Robert Arthur ... David Lawrence Jr
Jimmy Lydon ... Johnny Wilson
Fortunio Bonanova ... Grazzi
Grazia Narciso Grazia Narciso ... Bianca
Anna Demetrio ... Rosita
Lou Steele Lou Steele ... Vittorio Portini
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Mr. Peppino
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Storyline

An industrialist (Joseph Cotten) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this artificial arrangement leads to greater and greater stress. Eventually the situation collapses when they come to pursue their original, individual interests without choosing a common path. Written by Mark Carroll

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det var på Capri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the earliest American film to feature extensive location work in Italy involving the principal actors. Whilst filming, Joseph Cotten was invited to lunch by his old friend Orson Welles, who confided that he had also invited a couple of Italian businessmen whom he wanted to invest in his film version of "Othello". The presence of a film star would, Welles hoped, influence them to put up some money. Also in the restaurant was Sir Winston Churchill, whom Welles hailed most affectionately as he walked past. He later admitted to Cotten that he and Churchill had never previously met, but that he was hoping that this, too, would impress the Italians. His strategies worked; they agreed over lunch to help finance Welles's film, and Cotten and his co-star Joan Fontaine even played uncredited cameos in "Othello" whilst they were still filming "September Affair". See more »

Goofs

When they are touring the ruins of Pompeii, David remarks about the beautiful sunset. But it is obvious from the way the shadows lie, that the sun is still high in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Jim: There's no vacation for decency.
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Connections

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: September Affair (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude No. 15
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Picturesque Romance
16 June 2013 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

An unhappily married industrialist and a pianist engage in a passionate romance after they are presumed dead in a plane crash. It gets off to a slow start, with the early scenes feeling more like a travelogue than a drama, as the lovers take a tour of Italy. However, things start to get interesting about half way through as the plot thickens. Fontaine and Cotten are charming as the lovers who find a second chance for happiness. A young and pretty Tandy plays Cotten's long-suffering wife. Given all that has transpired, the ending seems contrived and unsatisfying, perhaps restricted by the censorship in effect at the time. Rachmaninov's second piano concerto is effectively used as Fontaine's signature piece.


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