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Journey To Italy [1953] [DVD]

Ingrid Bergman , George Sanders , Roberto Rossellini    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZRI4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A film that was hugely influential on the new wave of French cinema as well as being widely regarded as one of Roberto Rossellini's finest. Katherine Joyce (Ingrid Bergman, and wife of Rossellini at the time) and her husband Alex (George Sanders) are travelling around Italy on their way to a villa they have just inherited. Far from their London home, Katherine confesses to having had a secret lover and finds her husband becomes even more distant with her; to such an extent that they decide to finish their holiday apart from each other. Whilst Alex enjoys the company of other ex-pats on the island of Capri, Katherine tours around the sights of Naples and Pompeii. However, the different events they experience begin to bind them together.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Having seen the Journey to Italy by Rossellini for the 1st time I was struck by its depiction of a couple's unhappiness,Alex(George Sanders) and Katherine( Ingrid Bergman),after they come to Italy on holiday for the purpose of selling his uncle's villa near Naples and going sight-seeing.It's a gentle film that manages to open up Katherine to the splendours and wonders of the pagan past in statues,catacombs,the cave of the Cumaean Sibyl, Pompeii,hot lava around Vesuvius.She realises her husband would rather go to Capri and be with his friends, so they spend some time apart. She hates his cynicism and arrogance,his always thinking he's in the right.She remarks to him after seeing some pagan statues how without shame the works of art are. She is disturbed by the visible fertility of the Italian women on the streets - there don't seem to be any who aren't pregnant - and she remembers a poet she once knew who had a few platitudes to offer about death and ruins and the like. But her heart is not in this romance with reminders of time and mortality any more than Alex is really going to go philandering.George Sanders plays boredom and blandness to perfection, mixing them up.Their only pleasure comes at snapping at each other,or being jealous if they think their partner is enjoying the company of the opposite sex.

All this comes across so clearly because neither of these actors is all that comfortable in the roles they have, and their ineptness/anxiety begins to look like a truth about the marriage, and the fact that they're out of their element in a foreign country, aliens in a neo-realist Italy.It's as if you' re watching a real life marriedcouple. Rossellini doesn't dramatize this.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Journey To Italy 21 July 2005
Format:DVD
This, in my opinion, is one of Rosselini's finest works. The BFI edition is a very good transfer however it was a disappointment to learn that it has been dubbed into english.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rossellini examines a marriage in crisis 27 July 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An English couple (Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders) travel to Naples in order to dispose of a house owned by a recently deceased relative. This journey precipitates a crisis in their relationship which is exacerbated by the relaxed and sensual Neapolitan atmosphere which contrasts with their sterile marriage. This uneven examination of a troubled bourgeois marriage contains many powerful moments. Derided upon its initial release, the film's reputation has since been embraced by the likes of Francois Truffaut and Martin Scorsese. The director, Roberto Rossellini, uses the historical landscape of Pompeii and Vesuvius as a metaphor for both the decay and lack of life (the couple have no children) in their marriage. Cinematically speaking, the highlights of the film are the four visits to cultural and historical sites: the museum, the caves, the sulfur pits and Vesuvius itself. Bergman and Sanders are quite good with Sanders in a refreshing change of pace from his jaded cad roles. Still, what is one to make of the abrupt and emotionally false "happy" ending which comes in the last two minutes of the film? I saw the 81 minute cut which seems to be the only available version of the film which might explain the phony ending. Apparently, the original cut was around 97 minutes.

The BFI release from Great Britain is a very nice transfer in the proper 1.33 aspect ratio.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Language for this film 20 Nov 2010
By sancho
Format:DVD
This comment relates to the comment already made. The item is listed as having both English and Italian as languages. I assume the original language of the film is Italian. If this is so, I would also assume that it would be possible to play the Italian original with English subtitles. Am I correct or is only the dubbed English version on this DVD? If so, why does the description mention Italian?
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Journey to Italy (Viaggio a Italia) 1953 12 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Rossellini's Journey to Italy is one of the more interesting and rare "Art Films" of the early 1950s. While an interesting effort overall, ultimately comes across as a rather muddled (and occasionally pretentious) character study of a bored married couple. The crux of the film stems (or shall I say, slowly 'seeps') from the clashing, not only of the married couple with each other (within a foreign land, mind you) but also with the past, and the prospect of a very uncertain future (divorce is strongly considered several times). The film is very demanding, not intellectually or emotionally, necessarily, but in terms of patience. If one is patient enough to sit through the entire film without looking away or pulling out some electronic device or cell phone (I was, not going to lie) they will be rewarded with a few uncontrived moments of insight, beauty and even downright knowledge.
Bads: Meandering and poorly scripted. The performances are subsequently rather weak, and even the actors themselves seem confused by their lines.
Goods: Uncontrived, insightful, and very distinct in style. Is also an interesting and occasionally beautiful homage to the landscapes and history of Italy.
***3.5/5***
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