Masterful, albeit flawed at points, diatribe on closed social systems. The implosion of the internment camp gives way to the explosive volcanic island, which beyond carrying denotations of women's sexuality works on a theological level too, pretty much in line with the disclosure of Being. The are brilliant set pieces (e.g. the tuna fishing, Karen's 'contact' with bestiality) and the iconography resonates for ages!
Bergman is breathtaking throughout, no one filmed her better than Ross. Great film with a depressing look at postwar Italy and how survivors sacrificed their own happiness so that their children will have better lives. Great location photography, volcano and all, and many parallels and nods to various aspects of religion and tales based on holy scripture. I found it to be moving, but prefer Ross' war films. 4 stars
Film phare du néo-réalisme italien, oeuvre majeure dans la filmographie de Roberto Rossellini, un excellent moment de cinéma et un superbe poème visuel. On se souviendra longtemps de l'étonnante et fort inoubliable scène de la pêche aux thons)... www.cinefiches.com
4.5 - still really thinking about this. rossellini blending hollywood and his particular brand of neorealism constantly placing devices at odds. bergman the actress and karin the character melded to be allegorically and physically out of place. the fishing scene really bringing home this fact with near documentary style filming and bergman being splashed by tuna being slaughtered.
Me fascina lo que representa Bergman para la película, no solo por lo que interpreta, sino también como actriz. Ambas figuras desencajan tanto en la realidad como en la ficción. Ninguna conoce del lugar, domina el idioma. La presencia de la mujer es un contraste. Nunca se le ha visto tan grande y tosca. Aquí ella es la exótica. ¿Qué la hace encajar? Lo intempestivo, su vulnerabilidad, su furia. Ella es un volcán.
Great work! Ingrid Bergman having an affair with Rossellini in a foreign country away from USA (and which kept her away for a while) and the movie which focuses on alienation of a woman in a remote island has some common points to me! Love makes us to move from one place to another. There comes a question? If you leave your own homeland for someone, can you still be you and happy? How easy is it?
Karin's tragedy is not delivered in one powerful punch like Pina's, but her walk up to an earthly hell is perhaps a more powerful representation of our struggle against the world. Karin is not killed directly by her fellow humans, but it's by her relations with them (in her native country, in the camp, and in the island) that she's driven to inflict the tragedy on herself. As beautiful as they come from Rossellini.