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Release Date:
15 February 1950 (USA) See more »
Raging Island...Raging Passions !
Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A bleak indiscretion...sub-standard Rossellini and Bergman... See more (28 total) »


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Ingrid Bergman ... Karen
Mario Vitale ... Antonio
Renzo Cesana ... The Priest
Mario Sponzo ... The Man from the Lighthouse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gaetano Famularo ... Man with guitar (uncredited)
Angelo Molino ... Child (uncredited)
Roberto Onorati ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
Writing credits
Roberto Rossellini (story)

Sergio Amidei (collaboration) (as Sergio Amedei) &
Gian Paolo Callegari (collaboration) (as G. P. Callegari) &
Art Cohn (collaboration) &
Renzo Cesana (collaboration)

Félix Morlión (screenplay collaboration) (as Father Félix Morlión)

Roberto Rossellini  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Roberto Rossellini .... producer
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
Cinematography by
Otello Martelli (photography)
Film Editing by
Roland Gross (uncredited)
Alfred L. Werker (US version) (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Caracciolo Di Laurino .... assistant director (as Marcello Caracciolo)
Sound Department
Eraldo Giordani .... sound (as E. Giordani)
Terry Kellum .... sound
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer (uncredited)
Valerio Secondini .... audio restorer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Aldo Bonifazi .... key grip
G.B. Poletto .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jolanda Benvenuti .... cutting (as Yolanda Benvenuti)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director (as Constantin Bakaleinikoff)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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107 min | France:103 min | Sweden:106 min | USA:81 min | UK:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:S | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (cut) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #14334) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Roberto Rossellini and his future wife Ingrid Bergman met for the first time while making this movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the police officer is typing the report, he does not strike nearly enough keys to produce the amount of information shown on the paper.See more »
Karin:[Last lines] God... my God... help me! Give me the strength... the understanding... and the courage. God, God, God, oh my God, merciful God... God, God, God!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in My Voyage to Italy (2001)See more »


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10 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A bleak indiscretion...sub-standard Rossellini and Bergman..., 17 November 2003
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Other recent commentaries on this film call it a "masterpiece". I strongly disagree. When it opened the reviews were as bleak and indifferent to it as Karen (Ingrid Bergman) is to the island of Stromboli. No one considered it up to Rossellini's "Open City" or "Paisan" in terms of genuine artifice. It was termed bleak and undistinguished with a plodding script that could only be called simplistic in terms of dialogue.

Fine B&W cinematography of a desolate island and scenes of an actual volcano eruption are not enough to make a 107-minute movie tailored to demonstrate the neo-realism of Ingrid Bergman's acting now that she had shed her Hollywood glamour. Bergman is ill served by a poorly developed character and embarrassingly inept scenes between her and her Italian fisherman husband (Mario Vitale).

There is startling realism in the tuna fishing sequence and harsh realism in the desolate landscape and close-ups of island people, but Rossellini did not seem to have a well developed or finished script in mind when he began shooting what others have called a "masterpiece". There is no doubt that had he the advantage of a well structured and conceived screenplay he might have been effective in telling this kind of story. But with the camera lingering on an anguished Ingrid Bergman sobbing in scene after scene of emotional isolation, the viewer is left with the feeling that this is little more than a post-war documentary in search of a coherent plot.

The unresolved ending used in the U.S. print is not the original ending, by the way, and leaves the viewer with the feeling he has witnessed an unfinished screenplay. It is said that Rossellini began shooting without a complete script on a day to day basis that must have been a strain on Bergman. It shows when he spends an inordinate amount of time on a fishing sequence that has little to do with furthering the slight plot. Too bad he didn't start the project with a finished script and a firm focus for his content.

The background music is oddly silent during some of the most emotional moments and despite Italian chants of fishermen the soundtrack remains mostly barren of any interesting content.

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