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Release Date:
3 November 1954 (USA) See more »
BERGMAN'S BACK! The event and performance the motion picture world has waited for for four long years! See more »
Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to always live in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
Writing credits
Roberto Rossellini (story)

Roberto Rossellini (written by) and
Sandro De Feo (written by) and
Mario Pannunzio (written by) and
Ivo Perilli (written by) and
Brunello Rondi (written by)

Diego Fabbri  uncredited
Federico Fellini  uncredited
Massimo Mida  idea (uncredited)
Antonio Pietrangeli  uncredited
Donald Ogden Stewart  uncredited
Antonello Trombadori  idea (uncredited)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... associate producer
Carlo Ponti .... associate producer
Roberto Rossellini .... producer
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti 
Film Editing by
Jolanda Benvenuti  (as Iolanda Benvenuti)
Production Design by
Virgilio Marchi 
Set Decoration by
Ferdinando Ruffo 
Production Management
Nando Pisani .... production manager
Bruno Todini .... general production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Caracciolo Di Laurino .... second assistant director (as Marcello Caracciolo)
William Demby .... second assistant director
Marcello Girosi .... assistant director
Antonio Pietrangeli .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Piero Cavazzuti .... recording supervisor
Paolo Uccello .... assistant sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luciano Tonti .... assistant camera
Luciano Tonti .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fernanda Gattinoni .... costumes: Miss Bergman
Editorial Department
Sandro Corbo .... assistant editor
Music Department
Renzo Rossellini .... conductor
Other crew
Pio Angeletti .... production assistant
Sandro Corso .... script supervisor
Trento Petrella .... production assistant
Nando Pisani .... production assistant
Federico Teti .... production assistant
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Europa '51" - Italy (original title)
"The Greatest Love" - USA
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The square Irene and Andrea drive to is the Campodoglio in Rome. The equestrian statue is of Marcus Aurelius, emperor and stoic philosopher.See more »
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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 18 January 2009
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

I attended a National Film Theatre screening as part of a Bergman season. The film was introduced as one that critical America found hard to bear, not least as the deserting Hollywood star Bergman had an affair with the director, Rossellini.

I mention this as the film, which charts the resolution of personal crisis in the life of a bourgeois socialite, is a extremely open and even-handed critique of European social politics. Rossellini presents Irene Girard as having an epiphany in which she appears to be ideologically seduced by an activist of the left. This would have been particularly irritating to the HUAC who were experiencing a rash of films as backlash to their Hollywood blacklist of 1947 and would explain critical hostility to the film and Bergman personally.

In fact, It becomes clear that Rossellini manages the extraordinary achievement of charting an ideological third way for Irene. She throws herself into her naive acts of charity somewhat haphazardly (though convincingly). She is subsequently appalled by the 'coal-face' realities of having to work in a factory. Her non-partisan political ineptitude is the reason she is eventually committed to an asylum.

For me, Europa 51 is not simply the sad but noble tale of a grieving mother finding a unique way in which to sublimate her grief and guilt. Rossellini has concocted a sophisticated analogy for the poised, unresolvable social position of European society; an analogy that translates into the more digestible position of a single, normal, rational individual. It has the same, marvellous objectivity that one feels when watching the morally neutral Badlands, for example.

There are a host of imperfections (not least in the tatty, French sub-titled print we were treated to!) in this film. Only so many can be put down to the rise of the (French) New Wave and the acting can be changeable. Bergman however is very fine, giving a multi-faceted performance that never veers off into incredibility even - especially - at the poignant, potentially confusing final scene/shot. Alexander Knox is also fine. A raw jewel of a movie. 8/10

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