Stromboli | Stromboli – dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1950

date: 02/08/2011, time: 16:15, place: The Silver Star Cinema, film program: retrospective of Robert Rossellini, artistic program: films
film program: Viaggio in Italia,

IT, USA | 1950 | b&w | 107 min
dir | Roberto Rossellini pro | Roberto Rossellini wr | Roberto Rossellini, Art Cohn, Sergio Amidei, Gian Paolo Callegari, Renzo Cesana, ph | Otello Martelli mus | Renzo Rossellini  ed | Jolanda Benvenuti, Roland Gross, Alfred L. Werker cast | Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponzo

First movie that Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman made together was at the same time the first and the last picture made by the Italian neorealism master in USA. Despite director’s objections and because of American distributor’s pressure, “Stromboli” has been changed a lot in comparison to primary conceptions. The result was the most melodramatic and most “Hollywood” movie in Rossellini’s output. Lithuanian girl Karin (Ingrid Bergman) in order to be able to escape from a refugee camp decides to marry with an accidentally acquainted Italian soldier, Antonio (Mario Vitale). Together they settle down on a volcanic island, a place where Antonio was born. Step by step the island becomes a new kind of prison for Karin. Buffeted by obscure reality of Stromboli as well as hostility of its inhabitants, the woman once more decides to search for freedom.

1950 Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion nomination for Roberto Rossellini