• Director

    Roberto Rossellini

  • With

    Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer

  • Italy-France 1954. 86min

  • Digital

  • Certificate


An upper-middle-class English couple travels to Naples where, removed from their familiar milieu, tensions surface between them. Narrative is secondary here, while nature and the presence of the past (including a spellbinding sequence of the excavations at Pompeii) come to dominate the course of the couple’s brittle relationship. Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, this extraordinary film found Rossellini moving beyond neorealism and towards a different kind of cinematic reality.

+ Brief Encounter with the Rossellini Family

Kort möte med familjen Rossellini

Sweden 1953. Director Gert Engström. 5min. English subtitles

A newsreel-style short on the Rossellini family during the shooting of Journey to Italy.

Digitisation carried out in 2015 by the Svenska Filminstitutet.

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A landmark film in all senses of the word, Journey to Italy becomes more rewarding with every viewing. Rossellini’s loosely plotted, not-so-neorealist wander through the ruins is an education in seeing and responding, reducing focus on a traditional narrative and opening up a visceral exploration of the subjective and emotional power of the camera. Walking among the statues with Ingrid Bergman feels like a whole new understanding of the language of film, like seeing a film for the first time.

Young Programmer, Lucy Fenwick Elliott

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