Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive ... See full summary »
William A. Seiter
While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business.
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
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 »
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 »
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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