Tuesday, March 15

Journey to Italy - Roberto Rossellini (1954)


"In his 1950s collaborations with Ingrid Bergman, the great Italian director Roberto Rossellini captured his wife and muse in a light completely different from her glamorous Hollywood persona. Drawn, fretful, and confused, the Swedish star wanders through these films as if looking anxiously at the man behind the camera, begging for direction while the exploratory Rossellini sought emotional truth by dropping her into alien landscapes. It's a harrowing series of portrayals of unsettled female consciousness, and also a glimpse into a complex behind-the-scenes romance as revealing as the films Josef von Sternberg made with Marlene Dietrich some 20 years earlier. If not quite their The Devil Is a Woman, the 1954 masterpiece Voyage to Italy is similarly awash in the emotional unease of a relationship racing to its end, a meta sketchbook where the disillusionment of the protagonists seems to irresistibly mirror that of the actress and the filmmaker. ..."
Slant
W - Voyage to Italy
NY Times: Revisiting a Rossellini Classic to Find Resonances of Today
senses of cinema
YouTube: Trailer, Viaggio in Italia
YouTube: Voyage to Italy 1:25:40

2009 May: Roberto Rossellini, 2010 March: Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy

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