Stromboli

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The film that initiated the pairing of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman (off screen as well as on) was also the first and last picture that the master of Italian neorealism would make for Hollywood. Funded by Howard Hughes, who recognized Bergman's box-office appeal (and had designs on the actress himself) STROMBOLI was photographed on the volcanic...read more

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The film that initiated the pairing of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman (off screen as well as on) was also the first and last picture that the master of Italian neorealism would make for Hollywood. Funded by Howard Hughes, who recognized Bergman's box-office appeal (and had designs

on the actress himself) STROMBOLI was photographed on the volcanic island of the title. Although the director denounced the studio's final cut, which trimmed nearly half an hour of footage and changed the ending, it remains a pivotal film in his career--a meeting of the documentary and Hollywood

traditions. Karin (Bergman) is a Lithuanian war refugee whose only means of escaping from an internment camp is to wed Antonio (Mario Vitale), a fisherman from Stromboli. She lives on the island with him, but cannot fit in with the locals, and the island becomes nothing more to her than another

prison, from which escape seems impossible. The rugged island scenery forms an apt backdrop for Rossellini's rather plodding essay on the instability of human relationships. A 117-minute restored version is available on video. In English.

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