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Stromboli

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Roberto Rossellini
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Ingrid Bergman and Mario Vitale. Italy, 1945: Karin, a Lithuanian refugee anxious to escape destitution, marries Antonio, a handsome but simple Italian fisherman. But life on the barren island of Stromboli proves violently oppressive and she dreams of escaping her possessive husband.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

When Ingrid Bergman abandoned her husband and Hollywood for Italian director Roberto Rossellini, she found herself at the centre of the first major showbiz scandal of the postwar era. Denounced by religious groups, blacklisted by the studios and called "Hollywood's apostle of degradation" by a US senator, Bergman made this film with Rossellini (whom she soon married), which was launched with a fanfare and flopped noisily. It's easy to see why: Bergman is ill at ease as the refugee who marries an Italian fisherman, while the island of Stromboli's volcano simmers away symbolically in the background. Part melodrama, part neorealist exercise with amateur performers, it never really gels.

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Credits

Cast

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Karin BjiorsenIngrid Bergman
AntonioMario Vitale
PriestRenzo Cesana
Lighthouse keeperMario Sponza

Crew

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DirectorRoberto Rossellini

Details

Released on
1950-05-15
Languages
English | German | Italian | French | Spanish
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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