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3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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
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
JOURNEY TO ITALY
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.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I was privileged to get to view these movies recently and found them to be excellent. I had never seen Roberto Rossellini movies before and these were outstanding. Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. Ervin
Love Rosellini and these are among his best Beautifullý package with fascinating comentary by CriterionPublished 9 months ago by Walter Reichel
plus europe 51 which is I think only available here.
Criterion did a fantastic transfer. If your serious about cinema you should purchase this
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Ingrid Bergman had the natural ability, talent, to make even a poor film worth watching. Replace any of the Rossellini-Bergman films with any other actress, and these films become... Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by O
Roberto Rossellini must have been a genius, because in these films he achieved a miracle -- he made Ingrid Bregman look homely! Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Warbird
These three films are incredible. They live up to their name of neo-realism cinema. A must for any serious film buff to see.Published on February 2, 2014 by Jeanette
What is really impressive watching these three movies is that, at that time, Rossellini had already stormed the world with his War Trilogy. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Educational