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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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"La terra e dura qui": Setting as Character 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:
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 »
Quotes:
The Priest:Those who have gone away help those who are left behind. And I, well, I act as the middle-man.
Karin:Then try to help us, Father. I can't take a life like this. Antonio is still a boy. Yes, I love him, but he doesn't understand how a woman like me feels.
The Priest:I think he does. I know how hard he tried to get work. The fishing season has started. And the boats have full crews already. You see, there are only four boats from Stromboli. The rest come from other islands. Yet, Antonio has managed to find a place. He sacrificed his pride. He owned a boat of his own, once, you know. He has done it all for you. I know it, because I talked with him.
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"La terra e dura qui": Setting as Character, 4 April 2006
Author: bowlofsoul23 from Turkey

"La terra e dura qui." Ingrid Bergman is a powerhouse in this film (perhaps out of love and devotion to the director), but she still can't match the power of the menacing volcano on this remote island off the coast of Italy. Bergman plays a prisoner of war with a checkered past stuck in a women's camp, who marries a Strombolian in order to provide herself with the security she needs. Trouble awaits her, and the first sign we get of that is when she starts to complain of being cold on the boat that is taking her to her new life. What she finds is not up to her high Continental standards, and her attitudes towards the locals and the place itself diminish her already low stature as an outsider. It is less the people however, than the general character of the place that turns her off. The volcano, unnamed by the villagers, always awaits in the background, and setting itself becomes one of the main characters (thus the importance of the title), a force to be reckoned with, much like her character.

Although this film is not noir in any way, and Rossellini himself would probably turn in his grave for hearing me say this, Bergman's character certainly does not hesitate in using her female "wiles" to get what she wants and needs. She survived a world war on what we take are wits and flexible morals, so she will also make it through this and I love her for it.

She even attempts to seduce the local priest by cooing "I knew you were the only person who could help me." Having that attempt fail, she tries with the village lighthouse keeper seen at right, and I don't even have to explain the power of her touch. As she asks for help to escape from the village, she softly touches his foot with hers, and creates an unbelievably palpable feeling of erotic energy, something unheard of in mainstream movies today. I know, that's such a cliché, but it's true.

Anyway, I won't discuss the ending, which angered me as a modern woman (even Bergman didn't seem to be buying it), but I will say that the film impressed me with its use of setting comprising plot, character, mise-en-scene, and theme. The film IS setting. It's also worth it just to see the non-actors performing a yearly tuna fishing ritual that dates back to the Phoenecians. Rossellini films are never just stories, they are historical documents. And I love him for that.

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