3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman [Criterion Collection] [4 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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Special Features

  • Introductions to all three films by Director Roberto Rossellini
  • Rossellini Under the Volcano, a 1998 documentary that returns to Stromboli fifty years after the making of the film
  • New interview with film historian Elena Dagrada on the different versions of Europe '51
  • Audio Commentary on Journey to Italy by film scholar Laura Mulvey
  • Short film featuring footage of the Rossellinis during the production of Journey to Italy
  • New interviews with film critic Adriano Aprà about all three films
  • Surprised by Death, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt on the historical and artistic themes of the trilogy
  • Living and Departed, a new visual essay by Rossellini scholar Tag Gallagher on the evolution of the Director's style in the trilogy
  • New interview with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • New interview with Rossellini and actress Ingrid Bergman's daughters, Ingrid Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini
  • Rossellini Through This Own Eyes, a 1992 documentary on the Director's approach to cinema
  • New interview with G. Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini's niece, featuring Bergman's home movies
  • Ingrid Bergman Remembered, a 1995 documentary on the actress's life, narrated by her daughter Pia Lindstrom
  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a 2005 short film directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini
  • The Chicken, a 1952 short film directed by Rossellini and starring Bergman
  • Plus: A booklet featuring essays by Richard Brody, Dina Iordanova, Dagrada, Fred Camper, and Paul Thomas; letters between Bergman and Rossellini; a 1950 article by Rossellini; and two interviews with the Director, from 1954 and 1963


Europe 51
Italian neo-realist pioneer Roberto Rossellini made his first (and, as it turned out, last) Hollywood-backed film with Stromboli. Karin (Ingrid Bergman) is a war refugee from Lithuania who has been placed in an internment camp. Desperate to get out and with few options, she accepts a proposal of marriage from Antonio (Mario Vitale), a fisherman who lives on the island of Stromboli. However, Karin soon finds that life on the island is only a minor improvement over the prison camp; she's an outsider there and doesn't fit in with the locals. Karin's discomfort turns to terror when the island's volcano threatens to erupt. Stromboli became infamous in its time when word got out that Bergman was having an affair with Rossellini; Bergman would eventually leave her husband and marry Rossellini, but the scandal all but killed this film at the box office. Rossellini's battles with producer Howard Hughes hardly helped: while Rossellini's cut of the film was eventually released on tape in the United States, on initial release Hughes had Alfred Werker cut it from 117 minutes to 81 minutes and add a new ending. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Viaggio in Italia
Roberto Rossellini directs this drama starring his then-wife Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce, a wealthy British woman who accompanies her husband, Alex (George Sanders), on a trip across the Italian countryside to close on an inherited villa in Naples. Far from their London home, the couple becomes frustrated with each other and seem to be headed for divorce. Katherine tells Alex about a lost lover who risked his life to see her, but it only leaves Alex even more indifferent to her. Planning to spend the rest of their vacation away from each other, Alex joins up with some other British guys on Capri to drink and flirt, while Katherine tours the natural attractions and museums of Naples and Pompeii. Viaggio in Italia was unsuccessful when it originally released to theatres; years later it was discovered by French critics and called a masterpiece in Cahiers du Cinema. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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