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Journey to Italy (1954)

Viaggio in Italia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 December 1954 (France)
An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Vitaliano Brancati (story and screenplay), Roberto Rossellini (story and screenplay)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Katherine Joyce
George Sanders ... Alexander 'Alex' Joyce (as Georges Sanders)
Maria Mauban Maria Mauban ... Marie (as Marie Mauban)
Anna Proclemer Anna Proclemer ... La prostituta
Paul Muller ... Paul Dupont
Anthony La Penna Anthony La Penna ... Tony Burton (as Leslie Daniels)
Natalia Ray ... Natalie Burton (as Natalia Rai)
Jackie Frost Jackie Frost ... Betty
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Storyline

Catherine and Alexander, wealthy and sophisticated, drive to Naples to dispose of a deceased uncle's villa. There's a coolness in their relationship and aspects of Naples add to the strain. She remembers a poet who loved her and died in the war; although she didn't love him, the memory underscores romance's absence from her life now. She tours the museums of Naples and Pompeii, immersing herself in the Neapolitan fascination with the dead and noticing how many women are pregnant; he idles on Capri, flirting with women but drawing back from adultery. With her, he's sarcastic; with him, she's critical. They talk of divorce. Will this foreign couple find insight and direction in Italy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Dramatic and Unusual Love Story!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 December 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to Italy See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in the Toronto International Film Festival' Essential 100, movies every cinephile should see. See more »

Goofs

During the religious procession, when the crane lifts the camera and camera pans up to view the crowd, you can see the shadow of the camera on the ground. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alexander 'Alex' Joyce: Where are we?
Katherine Joyce: Oh, I don't know exactly.
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The most subtle of romances played against a breathtaking backdrop of ancient history.
26 March 2003 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

A masterwork. Heeding Martin Scorsese's advice during his documentary MY VOYAGE TO ITALY, I was finally able to see an English language version of this film on a Brazilian DVD release and the experience was an exhilarating one. The story of a couple on the verge of destruction, surrounded by the vestiges of Pompeii and a view of Vesuvius, is at once real and mesmerizing, and the captivating moment of truth presented in the finale is a stirring revelation. It's easy to see how this film pointed the way for the studied new wave romances to come, like Michelangelo Antonioni's L'AVVENTURA, Godard's CONTEMPT and even Stanley Donen's TWO FOR THE ROAD.


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