Journey To Italy / Viaggio in Italia

by Roberto Rossellini

Italy, 1954, 75', black&white

The Joyces, played by Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, are an English couple who have gone to Italy to sell a recently inherited property near Naples. There's a coolness in their relationship and aspects of Naples add to the strain. She remembers a poet who loved her and died in the war; he idles on Capri, flirting with women but drawing back from adultery; she tours the museums of Naples and Pompeii, immersing herself in the Neapolitan fascination with the dead and noticing how many women are pregnant; with her, he's sarcastic; with him, she's critical. This deceptively simple tale of a bored couple traveling to Italy is transformed by Roberto Rossellini into a passionate story of cruelty and cynicism as their marriage disintegrates around them. 

 

Roberto Rossellini

Journey To Italy / Viaggio in Italia

Year: 
1954
Duration: 
75'

Roberto Rossellini

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Country: 
Italy Italy
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The Joyces, played by Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, are an English couple who have gone to Italy to sell a recently inherited property near Naples. There's a coolness in their relationship and aspects of Naples add to the strain. She remembers a poet who loved her and died in the war; he idles on Capri, flirting with women but drawing back from adultery; she tours the museums of Naples and Pompeii, immersing herself in the Neapolitan fascination with the dead and noticing how many women are pregnant; with her, he's sarcastic; with him, she's critical. This deceptively simple tale of a bored couple traveling to Italy is transformed by Roberto Rossellini into a passionate story of cruelty and cynicism as their marriage disintegrates around them. 

 

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