Final Day! Must End Thursday, May 16

VOYAGE TO ITALY

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$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

Starring Ingrid Bergman & George Sanders

(1954) In Naples to sell Uncle Homer’s villa, London business man George Sanders and wife Ingrid Bergman find that, after eight years of marriage, they have little to say to each other. And as the closing drags on, Bergman remembers a died-too-young poet who loved her, Sanders frets about time away from work, and they split apart — she to stare at the rawness of the statuary in the Museum, the ionization of Vesuvian craters, the skeletons at the cemetery; he to dally with friends on Capri, languidly pursue an estranged wife, and to wave off an attractive prostitute; both to finally view the plaster molds of the dead of Pompeii. Little happens, and yet subtly we see the degeneration of a marriage. Will it take a miracle to save it? Unsuccessful on first release, but over the years steadily climbing the ranks of All-Time Ten Best lists. Approx. 97 min. DCP.

A JANUS FILMS RELEASE

NEW RESTORATION Restored by Cineteca di Bologna with L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and The Co-Production Office.

VOYAGE TO ITALY

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UNNERVINGLY CONTEMPORARY! Voyage is not driven by the usual machinery of plot and exposition, but rather by a succession of moods, an emotional logic alternately reflected and obscured by the picturesque surroundings. The rich symbolism of the Italian landscape — the volcanic pools at Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii, the vistas that have stirred the imagination of artists at least since Virgil — makes the emptiness of the Joyces’ marriage all the more palpable and painful… and yet amid all this exhaustion it finds signs of vitality.  In its time, this film represented the arrival of something new, and even now it can feel like a bulletin from the future.
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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FIVE STARS!
[highest rating]
Younger, curious [viewers] will be able to see Lost in Translation and Mad Men in Rossellini's stranger-in-a-strange-land psychodrama... even as Sanders and Bergman drift apart on separate excursions, their eyes begin to widen to their own desperation and the possibilities for rebirth.
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

ONE OF THE MOST QUIETLY REVOLUTIONARY WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA! Rossellini’s method, bringing high-powered actors together in a situation that is essentially documentary, is quietly and deeply radical. It is in effect, the film that inspired the French New Wave.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A CAREER DEFINING MASTERPIECE! Always interested in the mystery zone between documentary and fiction, even when the "reality" in question was his own marriage, Rossellini shoots his anti-drama with impassive mobility, always maintaining a distance but constantly reframing, insisting that "real" environments impede on the characters' perspectives. It's a movie you have to hold on to as it wanders.
– Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
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“ROSSELLINI’S FINEST FICTION FILM! A CRUCIAL WORK, TRUTHFUL AND MYSTERIOUS.”
– Dave Kehr

“ONE OF CINEMA'S MOST TRANSCENDENTLY HOPEFUL WORKS! Voyage to Italy unfolds as a thorny narrative and a profoundly personal documentary. The fictional tale of a married couple in crisis isn't just a reflection of the brittle Rossellini-Bergman bond, but also a snapshot of a pair of bewildered, irritable Hollywood stars purposefully misdirected by a wily, searching auteur… a rigorously understated film becomes an overwhelming vision.”
– Fernando F. Croce, Slant
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“Rarely has screen chemistry worked so indefinably well; Sanders’ suave, caddish businessman superbly complements Bergman’s Garbo-like presence and the sensuous locations in which they feel so ill at ease... its genuinely romantic tenderness mark it as never so unfashionable, never so moving.”
– Don Macpherson, Time Out (London)

 “In the final, unforgettable sequence, as the now-reunited, but still-quarreling couple watch a passing religious procession, they are seized with an unexpected emotion... It is one of the most unexpected and transcendent moments in not just all of Rossellini, but in all of cinema.”
– Wheeler Winston Dixon, Senses of Cinema

“Instead of going from one dramatic peak to another, Rossellini forces us to let the small details and events accumulate... It’s hard to convey the emotional pull at the end of this picture, because in order to experience it, you really have to see the whole movie and absorb it.”
– Martin Scorsese

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Voyage to Italy: Q & A with Isabella Rossellini (Recorded May 1, 2013)