Journey to Italy
|Journey to Italy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roberto Rossellini|
|Produced by||Adolfo Fossataro
|Written by||Vitaliano Brancati
|Music by||Renzo Rossellini|
|Editing by||Jolanda Benvenuti|
|Distributed by||Titanus Distribuzione|
|Running time||97 minutes (U.S.)
85 minutes (Italy)
Journey to Italy (Italian: Viaggio in Italia) is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders. The film has English dialogue; the Italian version was originally cut. It is loosely based on the novel Duo by Colette.
The Joyces, played by Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, are an English couple who have gone to Italy to sell a recently inherited property near Naples. A few days after their arrival a series of quarrels ends in a decision to divorce. However, emotional experiences while viewing Pompeii, other Classical remains and a religious procession results in a mutual declaration of love. We presume the marriage continues.
- Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce
- George Sanders as Alexander 'Alex' Joyce
- Maria Mauban as Marie
- Anna Proclemer as the prostitute
- Paul Müller as Paul Dupont
- Anthony La Penna as Tony Burton
- Natalia Ray as Natalie Burton
- Jackie Frost as Betty
The film was originally intended as an adaptation of the French writer Colette's novel Duo; Rossellini was however unable to get the rights to novel, and was forced to re-write the screenplay until it departed in enough aspects.
Although it performed badly at the box office, French critics at the Cahiers du Cinéma, including François Truffaut, liked it and proclaimed it to be the first modern film. Martin Scorsese talks about the film and his impressions of it in his film My Voyage to Italy. George Sanders' autobiographical Memoirs of a Professional Cad (1960) tellingly describes Rossellini's haphazard methods of direction and their effects on actors and production team.
This film is ranked No. 41 in BFI The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time.