JOURNEY TO ITALY is director Roberto Rossellini's effort to combine neorealism with Hollywood romance movie. And I think - it's quite work. Mr. Rossellini has showed the reality of marriage. His approach is quite brave (in the 1950's). The true power of this movie is come from the chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders. They perfectly fit as husband and wife. JOURNEY TO ITALY is a timeless classic!
The perfect vehicle for Bergman's expressive talents, this journey to Italy's cultural heritage becomes simultaneously a quest for resporitualizing a modernity, vacant of meaning and of love. Moreover, the many inter- and intra-cultural prejudices and conflicts are subtly disclosed coupled to the angst of motherhood, the many faces of death and, ultimately, the weight of the past in a woman's life. Essential viewing!
Good depiction of a crumbling marriage. Reminded me of my parents. Rosselini seems to be attempting a sort of travelogue meets drama here, and showcases Italy beautifully in the process. I love George Sanders, he could read a phone book and I would hang on every word. Bergman is excellent as the neglected wife. Only thing keeping this from true classic status is the abrupt ending, still, 4 stars.
One of the key works of World Cinema, and one of the defining works of film modernism, but I can be excused for kinda not grasping why when it was first introduced to me in my youth. It needs to be placed in history, and the ideal viewer will ideally have some life behind he or she. A masterpiece about alienation and coupledom. But instructive. The sprawl of history atop which we are perched ought humble us.
“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.” (Adrienne Rich) with such lightness and such grace Rossellini portrays something essentially complex. incredibly rich, it can be an examination of bourgeois boredom
Rossellini actually achieved to create empathy through the exploration of scenery; I really loved the museum, Vesuvius and the Pompeii sequences (as everyone does). However, I think the dialogues and the resolution were horribly forced: Hollywood romance and neorealism didn't quite click.