Reviews

Voyage To Italy

4

Fifty years on and the third collaboration between the Italian director Roberto Rossellini and his then-wife Ingrid Bergman remains a landmark work, boldly jettisoning action for atmosphere.

The plot, such as it is, revolves around an English upper-middle-class couple (George Sanders and Bergman) whose marriage is in deep trouble. Travelling to Naples for the sale of an uncle's villa, their initial bickering subsides as they find themselves affected by the people, the atmosphere and remarkable history of this volcanic region.

Shooting in long, contemplative takes, the director encourages us to reflect on the beauty (and transience) of love and life, making Voyage To Italy unashamedly tender. It's also startling and alluring, regularly being held up as one of the most ravishing movies ever shot.

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 1st 2004