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Director:
Writers:
Roberto Rossellini (story)
Sergio Amidei (collaboration) ...
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Release Date:
15 February 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Raging Island...Raging Passions !
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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the adventure before the letter See more (27 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
107 min | France:103 min | Sweden:106 min | USA:81 min | UK:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
Karin (Ingrid Bergman's character) says to Argentina's Consul that she was born on 8 May 1920. Director Roberto Rossellini was born on 8 May 1906.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Though used by women, pants were not so popular on that time. Is strange that a poor refugee like the character played by Bergman wears pants almost the entire movie.See more »
Quotes:
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:
Referenced in The Best of Youth (2003)See more »

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World Premiere Happened When & Where?
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
the adventure before the letter, 20 August 2007
Author: Daryl Chin (lqualls-dchin) from Brooklyn, New York

Or L'AVVENTURA AVANT LA LETTRE, which actually encapsulates the situation of STROMBOLI. Although the recent death of Michelangelo Antonioni brought about many commentators who discussed the revolutionary effect of the first screenings of L'AVVENTURA (Martin Scorsese wrote such a piece which appeared in The New York Times of August 12, 2007), this was a far cry from the disastrous reception that STROMBOLI had in its original release. Of course, part of the problem was the extra-filmic situation, the "scandale" of the Bergman-Rossellini relationship.

But all that's in the past. STROMBOLI must be seen as the revolutionary work that it is. In the past (and this continues today), the film was castigated for its meandering plotlessness, for its seeming aimlessness. These are, in fact, aspects of the film, because the film is not "about" the passions of a woman (though this was how the movie was advertised on its initial release), but about lassitude. In effect, STROMBOLI was the first filmic expression of alienation, literally in the plot device of having Karin (played by Bergman) a displaced person, and metaphorically in scenes such as the one in which Karin is walking through the town and hears voices - she knows that they're talking about her, but she can't understand what they're saying. (The villagers speak in their Sicilian dialect, and Karin speaks in English; there is the scene where Karin redecorates the house, and the women come to stare, but when she invites them to come in, they just stare and skulk away.)

There are so many problems with seeing this film: it was cut and reedited and a voice-over narration was added for its initial American release; the Italian archival version is dubbed all into Italian. The actual version is a multi-lingual (English, Italian, Sicilian dialect) version which runs 107 minutes, with no narrator. In this version, the documentary aspects are fully integrated into the film.

STROMBOLI deserves to be seen in its full version, and deserves to be seen as the precursor of movies such as L'AVVENTURA, Resnais's Hiroshima MON AMOUR and Godard's UNE FEMME MARIEE.

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