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Stromboli terra di dio

Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Italy, United States, 1950


The first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a devastating portrait of a woman’s existential crisis, set against the beautiful, forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. Balancing the director’s trademark neorealism with deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation.

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Stromboli Directed by Roberto Rossellini
The director’s supreme documentary achievement, however, lies in the recording of his irritable inamorata, a thorny snapshot of a Nordic Hollywood goddess awkwardly traipsing through jagged neorealist terrain and, in the process, delivering one of the medium’s great performances. “You can’t go from one extreme to another… All I want now is a little happiness!” A pivotal bedrock formation in cinema and no mistake, Flaherty and Vidor go in and Antonioni comes out.
July 06, 2015
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When I first saw Stromboli (1950) years ago, it resonated with me as no film had before, intensely and unswervingly—not least because I was identifying with Karin, the heroine, a woman cast out and traumatized, living in limbo and acting rashly to get herself out of that state. Seeing Strombolinow, after so many years, I am no less amazed by what Roberto Rossellini accomplished: the film is so direct and unforgiving, so absorbed with its flawed yet captivating protagonist…
September 24, 2013
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As in the second segment of AMORE or the final third of EUROPA ‘51 (his next collaboration with Bergman), Rossellini creates a scenario of terrible suffering to imagine what sainthood might look like in modern, even secular, terms. For some, Bergman’s plight in STROMBOLI looks more like martyrdom than sainthood (The film culminates, famously, on top of an active volcano), but the film’s underlying moral seriousness cannot be mistaken.
February 12, 2010
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