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The Voyage ( Il viaggio ) ( Le voyage )

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  • Actors: Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Ian Bannen, Barbara Pilavin, Renato Pinciroli
  • Directors: Vittorio De Sica
  • Producers: The Voyage ( Il viaggio ) ( Le voyage ), The Voyage, Il viaggio, Le voyage
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 98.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W6783W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,964 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In turn-of-the-century Sicily, aristocratic scions Adriana (Sophia Loren) and Cesar (Richard Burton) have loved one another for years, but Adriana accedes to the wishes of Cesar's father and marries his foolish younger brother Antonio (Ian Bannen). When Antonio dies, much to the relief of everyone, it looks as though the coast is now clear for Cesar to marry Adriana after a suitable mourning period. Alas, she has a fatal illness and it is not to be. This romantic melodrama is chiefly distinguished by the fact that it is the last film directed by the legendary Vittorio de Sica, who died shortly afterward. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: David Donatello Awards, ...The Voyage ( Il viaggio ) ( Le voyage )

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Two brothers (Richard Burton, Ian Bannen) are in love with the same woman (Sophia Loren). But in his will, their father insists that it is the younger brother (Bannen) that marry the girl even though it is the older brother that she loves. Years pass before they can find happiness together but it is brief as tragedy follows. This period costume drama, based on a novel by Luigi Pirandello (SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR), was the swan song of the great neo-realist director Vittorio De Sica. Sadly, it's a weak film and not indicative of his great talents. It's a romance and as all great movie romances can attest to, chemistry is key. Alas, Burton and Loren have zero chemistry together. Taylor and Burton, yes, Loren and Mastroianni, yes but Burton and Loren, none. I suppose it doesn't help that this is an Italian film with an all Italian cast except for the British Burton and Bannen as Italian brothers. Burton especially looks burnt out. On the other hand, Loren is gorgeous and vital so when everyone comes up to her and tells her she looks pale and should see a doctor (she gets out of breath and coughs when she climbs the stairs, we all know what that means), it doesn't make much sense. Visually, the movie is splendid, worthy of Visconti and lovingly shot by Ennio Guarnieri (GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINIS. The subtle, lovely score is by Manuel De Sica. With Barbara Pilavin, Paolo Lena and Annabella Incontrera.

The Optimum region 2 DVD is a full frame transfer in English though the opening credits are in French. The picture is a bit of on the soft side but more than acceptable.
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HASH(0xa0f51a8c) out of 5 stars A very period piece, beautifully sad, romantic movie and a window into that world, and Loren 20 Feb. 2013
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The movie can seem slow, to those that are accustomed to the more modern (2000s) style movies, which is when I am writing this review, having seen this
only just recently as in Feb 2013!!
The period the movie is set in also seems a bit dated, when I comes to personal relationships, women's rights and so on.
However, that said, I am a huge Loren fan and an equally Burton fan that I just had to get this to add to my collection.
(Since Netflix did not have this either streamed or as a DVD rental...)
The storyline goes as such, Ordinary family girl loves the local rich enthrepreneur's son and is hoping that someday she can marry him.
In the meantime, the son's father passes, quite suddenly perhaps, due to some illness and bequeaths this particular son (Burton) the responsibility of getting his younger brother married.
It so happens the younger brother claims an interest in the girl (Loren) and Burton is forced to request for Loren's hand in marriage to his brother, while we are shown in the scene when Burton is conveying the message to Loren's mother, that Burton too was very much in love with Loren, but just had not had the chance to express his intentions, when suddenly he is burdened with the task of asking for the girl's hand in marriage to his brother.

Due to societal constraints and high morals, Loren suppresses her real desires, marries the brother, finds that she is really not in love with the man she has married, which perhaps is the cause for her later illness related to the heart.....afterall supressed anxiety, stress and sorrow over periods of time can only lead to physical complications right??

The husband dies during the first half of the movie and now Burton moves back into the life of Loren, but only as a concerned brother-in-law. That is until it becomes evident that Loren is now very sick and is in need of a professional advise.
Which is when Burton takes Loren on this Journey in the quest to find out what is wrong with her health.

They are then given the chance to really experience each other's company, albeit conservatively, yet they realize the mutual attraction and declare their love for each other. This in particular was quite well done, in my opinion.
The love scenes with SL and RB, I felt was fitting for that particular mood in the movie, the awkwardness or the social norms taking precidence over expressing desires....So, yes, it did seem as if they were both holding back and did not let go of their raw passion..Well, at least that's my take on the less than average visual romance.
Overall a bitter sweet movie and I did enjoy it, nonetheless.
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HASH(0xa0f63cb4) out of 5 stars this vintage film does star two of my very favorite actors, but I thought the movie handled sensitive ... 6 Aug. 2014
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Well, this vintage film does star two of my very favorite actors, but I thought the movie handled sensitive issues and "raw" emotion very well and very convincingly.. Also, I never got the impression that these two major box office actors -- Burton and Loren -- were trying to "one up" the other. They complemented each other on screen and most likely knew it. I plan to view it again very soon. The Naples setting was heartwarming to me.
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HASH(0xa35a5228) out of 5 stars Slow boat to nowhere - I wanted to disembark 17 Dec. 2010
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Despite the considerable collective thespian skills of the 3 primary actors (Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Ian Bannen) playing the major roles, the slogging trek of the "The Voyage" is not worth the travel time. It is too slow. The occasional scenic glimpses of Italy and the music were nice, but the latter ruined by the horrible sound quality on DVD. Love scenes between R.B. and S.L. were amazingly without chemistry, lending credibility to a statement made by R.B. during an interview with Dick Cavett in which he (RB) claimed that he could not "make love on the screen."
HASH(0xa0f66e88) out of 5 stars Not one of Burton's best. 18 Jun. 2013
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As much as I am a loyal fan of Burton's, I kept wondering when he was going to put some "spice" into his scenes. Maybe it was just the script or directing? I did like seeing him in that location and time period. His clothes were great and you don't see too many movies with Burton driving himself.
HASH(0xa0f78054) out of 5 stars Good movie featuring fine actors. 22 Jan. 2015
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Good story and fine actors. Almost anything with Richard Burton is good.
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