Fascinating to see TIME OF INDIFFERENCE now - this 1964 black and white Italian (but with mostly American players) melodrama based on a Moravia novel features Claudia Cardinale at her most beautiful in the '20s setting with great hair and costumes, she gets to pout a lot and her husky voice is great. Its the tale of a wealthy family falling on hard times and being taken over by an unscrupulous businessman, Rod Steiger, who after making the mother (Paulette Goddard in probably her last appearance) his mistress now wants daugher Claudia for himself. Thomas Milian (that Cuban actor who did lots of Italian films) is the son getting involved with family friend Shelley who wants him for her gigolo. The son and daughter are too indolent and indifferent to try to change things and just settle for going along with what Steiger and Shelley want of them; even an attempt to kill Steiger is half-hearted. Goddard is wonderful here and reminds one a lot of Swanson as Norma Desmond. The director Francesco Maselli is unknown to me, but the other credits are satisfyingly familiar: producer Franco Cristaldi, writer Suso Cecchi D'Amico, photographer Gianni di Venanzo and composer Giovanni Fusco. I was surprised that I liked it a lot.
I have already reviewed 1954's MAMBO (that Italian oddity with Silvana Mangano) and her 1964 farrago A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME and that '63 comedy WIVES AND LOVERS and 62's kitsch classic THE CHAPMAN REPORT further back here.
Shelley was billed as 'Miss Shelley Winters' in the 1955 I AM A CAMERA where she co-stars with Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey in this earlier working of the Isherwood stories set in Berlin.
Her later better known roles included Charlotte Haze in Kubrick's LOLITA, in Strick's film of Genet's THE BALCONY in 1963, one of those frustrated wives in THE CHAPMAN REPORT in '62 for Cukor, she is outstanding in Laughton's NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and her well-known turns in A PLACE IN THE SUN as Monty Clift's frumpy whiny girlfriend whom you just want him to leave for young Elizabeth Taylor; back with Stevens for THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK in '59and her best supporting actress win, that awful mother in A PATCH OF BLUE resulting in a second best supporting actress award. Then there were her over the hill starlets in THE BIG KNIFE and HARPER with Newman, out west with Lancaster in THE SCALPHUNTERS and with Ladd in SASKATCHEWAN, among so many others, and of course her star turn in Caine's ALFIE! I shall have to try and get hold of her memoirs - both of them - Shelley was notoriously indiscreet and tells all...