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This 1954 drama is a deceptively simple piece. There is little plot to speak of: a marriage is breaking up under the strains of a trip to Italy, and we watch. But in its deliberate rejection of many aspects of 'classic' Hollywood narrative and its stubborn pursuit of a quite different aesthetic, its meandering story line creates space for ideas and time for reflection.

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer, Paul Muller
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Vitaliano Brancati
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: International Film Forum
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Y72YBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By MJM on May 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Though considered one of Roberto Rossellini's greatest works, this film is actually a lesser-known film of both Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, which is a pity because it is an intriguing film, and like most art films, possessed of more real quality than most commercial releases, past or present.

Aside from its story, the film itself is a gift to posterity in exhibiting authentic street scenes, countryside, and Mediterranean landscapes and renowned destinations of Naples, Pompeii, and Capri. These real-life scenes are cinematic treasures that no vintage travelogue would ever show, living tableaus of a postwar Southern Italy that is gone forever but here captured through the eyes and lens of one of Italy's native artists who is also gone forever.

What makes the film so enchanting is that the rare and uniquely filmed scenery is metaphorical with the story, for the "journey" (voyage) of the film's title is not just a physical journey but an emotional and philosophical journey as well.

The story, superficially, is about a British husband and wife who are in Naples for the purpose of selling family land. The essence of the story derives from the couple's constant bickering, which blinds them to all that is around them - all the natural and manmade beauty of Italy that is passing before them in symbols of life and death. Each of them is too self-absorbed to realize or appreciate that everything - time, culture, way of life - is passing, just like the landscape as they drive along in their Rolls Royce, and in their blindness, they repeatedly forfeit the happiness of just being alive, together, and voyaging in Italy.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Buenoslibros.es on February 20, 2008
Format: DVD
Take it like it wasn't a movie. See no stars here. Imagine this was your grandma and grandpa in those old times traveling thru Italy to sell their enchanting house in Napoli. What a collection of wonderful, captivating views! You can see the valley of the Vesubio, houses that must have been built on top of other ruined houses, again and again. It's like you traveling those places.

Now what really astonished me is not the sense of reality I got watching those locations, it was the real characters of the husband and wife. They weren't playing any roles. Their critical situation just developed normally, the way it develops in real life. It's not acting. The married couple has been drifting apart since a long time ago, and now come to a breaking point. There are no histrionics. It's just a regular couple like any other. If you don't get it, you just ain't grown up yet. I think this is one of the best films I've ever seen, but I'm still wondering why, because there's nothing grand or spectacular about it, not even mysterious, or weird. It's just plain old time good visual story telling.

Watch also Rossellini's "Stromboli". I loved both.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By open ears on April 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This excellent film is mis-labeled on the back cover of the DVD case: It is not in Italian~The whole original dialog is in English, with an additional track of really good commentary that provides a wealth of information, also in English. The Korean subtitles are removable, from the interactive DVD Menu. Sound is excellent, and so is the Black and White picture quality.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sean Pak on March 24, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
This is a review of the Amazon Instant version. I don't know if the DVD has the same problems I'm about to mention. The movie itself is a masterpiece, a very important and influential film with excellent performances by Sanders and Bergman. But the quality of this copy is very suspect. First of all, it seems to be a straight VHS port. One scene even had some background buzz notable on dirty VHSs! The transfer itself was very poor, full of lines and dirt and missing frames. The PAL version overseas (and the Korean NTSC version you can purchase here) are much, much cleaner, which further makes me suspect that this was simply a VHS port. Finally, and worst of all, the audio is totally out of sync. I wonder if the DVD has the syncing issue or if this was the fault of Amazon ripping or uploading the digital copy. Whatever the case, for $12.99 you're getting very substandard picture quality and out of sync sound. Do not get this on Amazon Instant. Please, though, watch the movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Y.P. on October 13, 2012
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Update: Finally, there is a Criterion Collection edition to be available soon (scheduled to release on 24th Sep 2013): 3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray].
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This review is about the Korean Import Edition of this film.

As Martin Scorsese pointed out in his superb documentary My Voyage to Italy, Roberto Rossellini is of a rare breed of directors who became more adventurous when he became older. Like the love-hate relationship of Orson Welles with Citizen Kane], Rossellini came to resent the popularity of his early film "Rome, Open City" (Roma, città aperta), which puts a long shadow over any number of his best efforts in later years, some of them might be artistically more successful than their more famous kins. For example, among the few films I've watched by Rossellini, this superb film is my favorite.

The plot of the film can not be any simpler. A rich couple, Alex and Katherine Joyce, from London travels to Naples to sell a villa the husband's uncle left to the couple, and in the process their relationship goes through a period of tension and reconciliation. Now, the surname Joyce should give us some clue. The ghost of James Joyce's
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