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Director:
Writers:
Roberto Rossellini (story)
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Release Date:
3 November 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
BERGMAN'S BACK! The event and performance the motion picture world has waited for for four long years! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The most Christian movie ever. See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)See more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The most Christian movie ever., 30 August 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

"Europa 51" may be the best of all the Bergman/Rosselini collaborations of the fifties,outshining such works as "Viaggio in Italia" or "Stromboli,terra de dio". There are two worlds in this god almighty universe:the one in which time is only a quiet river,and the one in which time is killing you.Irène (Bergman)belongs to the former one.Masina's character and Inès,the prostitute to the wrong side of town. When her son committed suicide,Irène was chatting,exchanging trivialities with her posh guests.Eaten with remorse,she realizes her taste for society life took the best of her and now it's too late!

One of her friends opens the gates of a then-unknown world for her:factories where men sweat ,streets where whores roam,slums where mothers strive to feed thir starving children.The man is a Marxist,and he tells Irene about a brand new world where justice and solidarity will be the golden rule.

However,Irene cannot subscribe to this ideology:"This world is not mine because it does not include Michel"-her late son".Beyond that point,the movie turns Christian;Marxist materialism cannot satisfy a desperate woman whose spiritual longing is intense.So she takes altruism to new limits,forgetting all about herself,becoming some kind of Mother Theresa.Christian,too Christian...Her family begins to think she 's lost her mind,and they locked her up in an insane asylum.

Is the ending optimistic or pessimistic?I would opt for the first epithet:behind her bars,Irène can see her new friends come and worship her as a saint.She's lost her wealth,but Michel's death was the beginning of an end for her.Through this redemption,she knows that now,this unfortunate boy forgave her

This is one of Bergman's unfairly forgotten performances.It is accessible and should appeal to a very large public.

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