Decent, but if this is "Rossellini's masterpiece" I probably won't bother with more.
Intriguing Neorealist film about lost and rediscovered love. Drags a bit even at 80 mins.
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.
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...