Strangers ()

Viaggio in Italia (original title)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.


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Katherine Joyce
Alex Joyce
Maria Mauban ...
Marie (as Marie Mauban)
La prostituta
Paul Dupont
Anthony La Penna ...
Tony Burton (as Leslie Daniels)
Natalie Burton (as Natalia Rai)
Jackie Frost ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bianca Maria Cerasoli ...
Un'amica di Judy (uncredited)
Adriana Danieli ...
Un'amica di Judy (uncredited)
Judy (uncredited)
Lyla Rocco ...
La signora Sinibaldi (uncredited)

Directed by

Roberto Rossellini

Written by

Vitaliano Brancati ... (story and screenplay) and
Roberto Rossellini ... (story and screenplay)
Colette ... (novel "Duo") (uncredited)
Antonio Pietrangeli ... (screenplay collaboration) (uncredited)

Produced by

Roberto Rossellini ... producer
Adolfo Fossataro ... producer (uncredited)
Alfredo Guarini ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Enzo Serafin

Film Editing by

Jolanda Benvenuti ... (as Iolanda Benvenuti)

Production Design by

Piero Filippone ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Fernanda Gattinoni

Production Management

Marcello D'Amico ... production manager
Mario Del Papa ... production manager
Emimmo Salvi ... production supervisor (as Mimmo Salvi)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Marcello Caracciolo Di Laurino ... assistant director (as Marcello Di Laurino)
Vladimiro Cecchi ... assistant director

Sound Department

Alessandro Biancani ... audio restorer
Eraldo Giordani ... sound
Gilles Barberis ... audio restorer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Aldo Scavarda ... camera operator

Music Department

Giacomo Rondinella ... voice
Renzo Rossellini ... music arranger

Script and Continuity Department

Mary Alcaide ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Married for eight years with no children, Brits Katherine and Alex Joyce are driving to Italy, their ultimate destination just outside of Naples to sell the villa they have just inherited from his uncle, the villa where they will be staying during their time there. On the drive, they come to the realization that this trip marks the first time that they have truly been alone together, and as such don't really know one another in the true sense. While in Italy, they end up mainly embarking on pursuits separate from each other - Katherine preferring the cultural, Alex preferring "company" including with some acquaintances they didn't know were in Naples until running into them on their first night in the city - and on the few occasions when they do spend time together, there is a tension and an underlying increasing want on both sides to hurt the other emotionally in their individual beliefs of what the other is thinking or has done in their time apart. As their marriage slowly falls apart, the question becomes if there is any way to salvage it if they truly do want to continue to be Mr. and Mrs. Joyce. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • L'amour est le plus fort (France)
  • Voyage en Italie (France)
  • Journey to Italy (United States)
  • Strangers (United States)
  • Journey to Italy (World-wide, English title)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia George Sanders, in his 1960 autobiography, wrote at length about the making of this film, which he found an exasperating and unpleasant experience. He spoke witheringly about Roberto Rossellini, whom he characterized as being more interested in scuba-diving than in film-making. Although the tone of his remarks is one of amusement, it became known that Sanders (who had admired earlier Rossellini films) had been deeply affected by exposure to a style of film-making quite foreign to his previous experience, and had spent the shoot feeling frustrated and angry, often bursting into uncontrollable tears. See more »
Goofs After deciding to leave Pompeii, and walking down the stairs for the exit, the arm and shoulder of a crew member appear in the lower right side of the screen. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Quotes Alex Joyce: What noisy people! I've never seen noise and boredom go so well together.
Katherine Joyce: Oh I don't know, Uncle Homer lived here for 40 years without getting bored.
Alex Joyce: Uncle Homer was not a normal person.
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