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Journey to Italy

Directed by Roberto Rossellini
France, Italy, 1954


A trip to Italy opens up long-festering emotional wounds for a seemingly happy couple in Roberto Rossellini’s fascinating, historically groundbreaking film, long acclaimed as the key link between Italian neorealism and the modernist, subjective cinema of the early sixties.

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Journey to Italy Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Rossellini realizes his political agenda—concerning bourgeois sophisticates whose sensibility is stunted by comfort—with a vision of redemption through aesthetic passion and populist experience. Like the characters themselves, the stars get out of the Bentley and into the streets. From Rossellini’s example, the young French New Wave critics learned to fuse studio style with documentary methods, and to make high-relief drama on a low budget.
August 25, 2017
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Always choosing understated observation over dramatization, Rossellini deftly maps the tensions and fissures that threaten—or constitute—their relationship, without cranking the gears of a contrived plot or lapsing into portents. The five features he made starring then-wife Bergman are high points not just of their respective careers, but of the medium itself; elemental and unadorned, they are founding texts of cinematic modernism.
September 02, 2015
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…The very idea for this final, cinematic clinch—two people torn apart by a surging crowd—has itself become a hoary old, dramatic cliché since 1954. But Rossellini invests it with a genuinely redemptive feeling, and a sense that second chances for married lovers are forever possible—if they search long enough, work hard enough and are in the right place at the right moment for all the materials and elements of the world to aid in their togetherness.
April 14, 2015
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