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3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1954)

Ingrid Bergman , Roberto Rossellini  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Collector's Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHN8G58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New digital film restorations of the English- and Italian-language versions of Stromboli and Europe ’51 and the English-language version of Journey to Italy, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions
  • Archival television introductions by director Roberto Rossellini to all three films
  • Audio commentary for Journey to Italy featuring scholar Laura Mulvey
  • Rossellini Through His Own Eyes, a 1992 documentary on the filmmaker’s approach to cinema, featuring archival interviews with Rossellini and actor Ingrid Bergman
  • New visual essays about Rossellini by scholars Tag Gallagher and James Quandt
  • Rossellini Under the Volcano, a 1998 documentary that returns to the island of Stromboli fifty years after the making of Stromboli
  • New interview with critic Adriano Aprà about each of the films
  • New interview with Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini’s niece, featuring home movies shot by Bergman
  • New interview with film historian Elena Degrada about the different versions of Europe ’51
  • New interviews with Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Rossellini, daughters of Roberto Rossellini and Bergman
  • Ingrid Bergman Remembered, a 1996 documentary on the actor’s life, narrated by her daughter Pia Lindstrom
  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a 2005 short film, directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini
  • The Chicken, a 1952 short film by Roberto Rossellini, starring Bergman
  • A Short Visit with the Rossellini Family, a six-minute film shot on Capri while the family was there during the production of Journey to Italy
  • New English subtitle translation for Stromboli and Europe '51
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Richard Brody, Fred Camper, Dina Iordanova, and Paul Thomas; letters exchanged by Rossellini and Bergman; “Why I Directed Stromboli,” a 1950 article by Rossellini; a 1954 interview with Rossellini conducted by Eric Rohmer and François Truffaut for Cahiers du cinéma; and excerpts from a 1965 interview with Rossellini conducted by Aprà and Maurizio Ponzi for Filmcritica

  • Editorial Reviews

    In the late 1940s, the incandescent Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) found herself so moved by the revolutionary neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini (Rome Open City) 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 personal portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actor at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition.


    The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman’s 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 director’s trademark neorealism (exemplified here in a remarkable depiction of the fishermen’s lives and work) with deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation.

    English-language version: 1950

  • 106 minutes
  • Black & White
  • Monaural
  • 1.37:1 aspect ratio Italian-language version: 1950
  • 100 minutes
  • Black & White
  • Monaural
  • In Italian with English subtitles
  • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

    EUROPE ’51

    Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed socialite in Rome 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 city’s poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity. The intense, often unfairly 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 director’s favorite of his films.

    English-language version: 1952

  • 114 minutes
  • Black & White
  • Monaural
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio Italian-language version: 1952
  • 116 minutes
  • Black & White
  • In Italian with English subtitles
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio


    Among the most influential dramatic works of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy charts the declining marriage of a couple (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) from England while on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just an anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist films of Michelangelo Antonioni; hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinéma; and named by director Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark.


  • 85 minutes
  • Black & White
  • Monaural
  • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    This is one of the stellar packages from the Criterion Collection. The films have been restored in the best possible condition; as far as can be seen, the films have been rendered so that the flaws which plagued the original prints (bad sound synchronization, cuts from different version according to the country of release, etc.) have been corrected, which was no easy task! Incredible care and diligence have been taken with these films, and the extras are voluminous and entertaining as well as informative. This edition of 3 FILMS BY ROBERTO ROSSELLINI STARRING INGRID BERGMAN was obviously a labor of love for all concerned, but kudos must be given to Ingrid Isolte Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini: they waited until digital technology could fulfill all the restoration aims before allowing these films to be seen in their correct forms. This is a stunning achievement!
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    22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Bergman bonanza!!! August 15, 2013
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    As a longtime, heavy-duty Ingrid Bergman fan, I have been waiting and hoping for years for Criterion to produce a definitive box-set of the Bergman-Rossellini films. I am absolutely thrilled about this set, both for the films themselves and for the copious extras.

    Now I just hope that the two Bergman-Rossellini films missing from this set -- JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE (1954) and FEAR (1955) -- will follow very shortly. They are equally worthy of inclusion in a collection like this one.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Watch and learn...... November 17, 2013
    By LD
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I am a huge movie fan and had never seen these films of Ingrid Bergman with Roberto Rossellini directing. So far the only one I have watched is Stromboli which was very interesting. If you watch it and then go on to see the extras you will gain a lot of insight as to Rossellini and Bergman and their working together. The difficulty of the working conditions on this island with no electricity. His way of working without a formal script. Criterion films for someone like myself is almost an education in film. Well worth the cost and always well done.
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Real Movie News Blu-ray review October 5, 2013
    By Ryan
    Roberto Rossellini is considered the godfather of Italian neorealism, having inspired the movement with his internationally successful Rome Open City (1945). This film and his next, Paison (1946), utilized the bombed out cities devastated by World War II in order to make films with real locations rather than sets. They also often used non-actors for the roles, so many saw it as a betrayal when Rossellini began working with Swedish actress turned Hollywood star, Ingrid Bergman. The professional relationship quickly became a romantic one, though never entirely private.

    The gossip about their relationship may have tainted audience perception at the time of release, or perhaps it was more of the stylistic departure that Rossellini had taken, but these three films are much more highly regarded today than they were initially received. The romantic and professional partners in film collaborated on six films together, with the three most notable included in this fabulous box set. Stromboli, Europe '51, and Journey to Italy have more in common than simply the star and director, also pairing together quite nicely as a trilogy of films about the difficulties of marriage.

    Stromboli (1950) is a bleak drama about a woman who is literally trapped in her marriage, stuck on a volcanic island with a man whom she married as an escape plan. In her first collaboration with the Italian filmmaker, Bergman plays a Lithuanian refugee who marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) as a way of leaving the prisoner of war camp she is trapped in. Unaware that she is trading one prison for another; her husband takes her back to his isolated village on a volcanic island off the coast of Sicily. What begins as a marriage of convenience becomes a cruel trap for both parties.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous films! June 25, 2014
    Ingid Bergman and Rossellini take cinema by storm and come up with Europa 51, one her very best with him..a heart-wrenching portrait of a woman supposedly losing her mind, as she begins to communicate with the world 'out there'

    The religious dimensions are always challenging in Rossellini's work, and none so much as with these three films.

    Il Viaggio in Italia is a masterpiece..a study of a marrigae with an ending that is shattering. NB, do not overlook the tour of the museum with Bergman and her guide, or the visit to the skulls!! Pompey also!!

    Stromboli, a real volcano, tempts Ingrid with its heat and power. A priest is involved, a young sailor, and her desire to get off this island that is a sort of hell or heaven or what?.

    This is what Bergman gave up Hollyuwoo for and was she on target. No longer Sister Ingrid in that Bells of St Mary, but an actress with powerful material to deal with, interpret, and a great director.

    Do not miss Rossellini's "St, Francis" a gem.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last October 21, 2013
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I have waited years for great DVD copies of these 3 films. Especially Stromboli my favorite of all of them. This DVD collection shows off these films as they have never been seen before. Plus amazing extras and a gorgeous booklet. If you love Ingrid this is the moterlode of her Italian Rossellini period. My favorite DVD of the year. I recommend it to anyone who admires Rossellini and who adores Saint Ingrid!!!!
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