Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio’s village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. –IMDb
Rossellini was one of the directors of the Italian neorealist cinema, contributing films such as Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City 1945) to the movement.
In 1937, Rossellini made his first documentary, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. After this essay, he was called to assist Goffredo Alessandrini in making Luciano Serra pilota, one of the most successful Italian films of the first half of the 20th century. In 1940 he was called to assist Francesco De Robertis on Uomini sul Fondo.His close friendship with Vittorio Mussolini, son of Il Duce, has been interpreted as a possible reason for having been preferred to other apprentices.
Some authors describe the first part of his career as a sequence of trilogies. His first feature film, La nave bianca (1942) was sponsored by the audiovisual propaganda centre of Navy Department and is the first work in Rossellini’s “Fascist Trilogy”, together with Un pilota ritorna (1942) and Uomo dalla Croce (1943). To this period belongs… read more
A woman changes one prison for another when she leaves a post war internment camp for marriage with a young fisherman who takes her to the volcanic island Stromboli. Rossellini's film is more infamous for its inclandestine relationship between director and star than its subject matter. In the end it is a fine film with a great Bergman performance that is marred by an unbeliebable ending that leaves a bad taste.
I wound up liking this film even though I thought I wouldn't in the beginning. Bergman is magnetic as the complex and trapped woman at the center of the film. I loved the sprinkling in of documentary footage, especially the fishing scene. I think Rossellini used background music way too much in some of his films, and the weird dubbing of the non-actors was uneven and distracting. The ending was ridiculous.
This is a movie that troubles me, so much so that it is a favorite! Usually I like a film or not, but with Rossellinii's I typically find elements that are awful & elements that are transcendentally beautiful; the inability to synthesize them seems to be my, not his, fault.