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Journey To Italy (Import Edition NTSC Region 0) (1954)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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 ...Read more ›
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I am not sure if I am supposed to critique the film or the disc. I bought this imported disc before the Criterion edition was available. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Alpert
This 1954 movie from the famed Italian director Roberto Rossellini explores what is now a clichéd storyline in American romantic comedies: An emotionally cold married couple... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Transcendental Thomist
One of the seminal works of Roberto Rossellini, with its meditation of death and the inadequacy of religion to deal with it, including Christianity. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
As had been stated, the print is very poor. Often the soundtrack does not fit the dialogue and there are lines and scratches from beginning to end. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Teacherboy
"Journey to Italy" is directed by Roberto Rossellini. The film is about a couple visiting Italy in order to sell an estate. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by G. Edmonson
Well..I like Ingrid Bergman...she almost always seems like she is not acting..she is so believable...in so many films....this is not one of them.Forced conversation.. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by C. Huth
Having seen the Journey to Italy by Rossellini for the 1st time I was struck by its depiction of a couple's unhappiness,Alex(George Sanders) and Katherine( Ingrid Bergman),after... Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by technoguy
Very engrossing film, both as a "travelog" and as a study of class and cultural differences. Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Mezzaluna
This film was probably one of the dullest I have seen in a long time. Nothing really happens and in the end when it finally does, it's so contrived that I can't believe such fine... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Miriam P Katsikis