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.
Felt at first as a boring ass story about da slow destruction of a english couple marriage due to their vacation in Italy... Then Bang! The movie somehow manage to grow on you! I have complete empathy for the wife and contempt for the husband. A worthy must watch!
"Is this the way out?" A movie so influential, so important to cinema, it's difficult to gauge how good it actually is. Regardless, an enthralling tale about the space that grows between a couple as they age. I particularly like the excavation scene; gloriously melodramatic, yet contains so much truth... "Perhaps we get hurt too easily."
It all started well when she was driving the car, but soon she became just like any other submissive woman without irony in the tone the issue is treated. This looked like any other american classic but not as good as the classics I love. Well, it was my first Rosselini and I watched it in the Cinemateca, guess I'll always remember it.