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3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion) (1950-1954)

Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, more...
Director: Roberto Rossellini
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Italy, Criterion Collection

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3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion) (Disc 1 of 3) (1950)

In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman found herself so stirred by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini that she sent the director a letter, introducing herself and offering her talents. The resulting collaboration produced a series of films that are works of both sociopolitical concern and metaphysical melodrama, each starring Bergman as a woman experiencing physical dislocation and psychic torment in postwar Italy. It also famously led to a scandalous affair and eventual marriage between filmmaker and star, and the focus on their personal lives in the press unfortunately overshadowed the extraordinary films they made together. Stromboli, Europe 51, and Journey to Italy are intensely moving portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actress at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition.

STROMBOLI
Roberto Rossellini (1950)
The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a womans existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian refugee (Bergman) marries a simple Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) she meets in a prisoner of war camp and accompanies him back to his isolated village on an island off the coast of Sicily. Cut off from the world, she finds herself crumbling emotionally, but she is destined for a dramatic epiphany. Balancing the directors trademark neorealismexemplified here in a remarkable depiction of the fishermens lives and workwith deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation.

3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion) (Disc 2 of 3) (1952)

EUROPE 51
Roberto Rossellini (1952)
Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the citys poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity. The intense, often overlooked Europe 51 was, according to Rossellini, a retelling of his own The Flowers of St. Francis from a female perspective. This unabashedly political but sensitively conducted investigation of modern sainthood was the directors favorite of his films.

3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion) (Disc 3 of 3) (1954)

JOURNEY TO ITALY
Roberto Rossellini (1954)
Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellinis Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellinis masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist works of Michelangelo Antonioni and hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cine´ma, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark.


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