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Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman)

Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954)


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Roberto Rossellini directs this drama starring his then-wife Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce, a wealthy British woman who accompanies her husband, Alex (George Sanders), on a trip across the Italian countryside to close on an inherited villa in Naples. Far from their London home, the couple becomes frustrated with each other and seem to be headed for divorce. Katherine tells Alex about a lost lover who risked his life to see her, but it only leaves Alex even more indifferent to her. Planning



Feb 14, 1992

Fine Arts Films Inc.

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You might not want to bring along someone you love, because you could end up leaving the theater alone.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Rossellini stealthily ushers us towards a sense of heady affirmation so primal that 'romance' isn't a strong enough word for it.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Some of us will never tire of those soirees, with their black-tied gloom and elegant suffering, and will therefore relish the beauty and melancholy of this voyage, along with its touristic snapshots and heart-tugging Neapolitan songs.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Voyage to Italy is the kind of movie that makes those unhappily in love feel understood. And even if that's not you (congratulations), it's still possible to groove on Rossellini's stranger-in-a-strange-land psychodrama.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Voyage to Italy is close to watching actual strangers suffer loneliness despite being together. It can leave an aching bruise, but only if you're paying attention.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Journey To Italy is a searing portrait of love turning sour under the Neapolitan sun and a bold adventure in a new kind of filmmaking.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source:

If one accepts the narrative simplicity and that the journey is both physical and spiritual, the film offers many rewards.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Rossellini's bitterly acute account of the death throes of bourgeois marriage in general and his own marriage to Ingrid Bergman in particular.

May 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

In the end the film magnificently justifies its classic status as an affirmative statement about relationships.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There is real greatness in this movie.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

An influence on everyone from Michelangelo Antonioni to Jacques Rivette, this brave work still stands as a watershed.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Befitting a filmmaker who defined as well as challenged the definition of Italian neorealism, it unfolds simultaneously as thorny narrative and profoundly personal documentary.

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Roberto Rossellini's finest film.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[Rossellini and Bergman's] body of work together is considered one of the pinnacles of cinema, with Viaggio in Italia at the forefront.

January 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman)

Ponderous direction doesn't help but the two leads are so talented that they make this pedestrian drama worth watching.
January 20, 2014
jay nixon

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An intimate and involving drama about an unhappy couple facing the collapse of their marriage while on a trip that only exposes their mutual discontent. It feels sad and real, but it is a pity that the story ends in such an easy and artificial way.
November 4, 2012

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Innovative narrative structure. Italy itself is a predominant character in this subtle film. A precursor to Antonioni's alienation trilogy.
July 14, 2010

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"Voyage to Italy" starts with Alex(George Sanders) and Katherine(Ingrid Bergman), a wealthy couple, traveling from England to Naples to see Burton(Leslie Daniels) about settling a family estate there. That's only the beginning of the journey, at least emotionally, as she thinks he could use the trip as a break from work but he only intends to stay as long as necessary to complete the deal. For the record, they seem like one of those mismatched couples who got married only after seeing there was nobody else left and said why not.

But as radiant as the human actors are in the movie, they are not the stars of it. That comes down to the local scenery and history of Naples, where despite all the death, both ancient and recent, the locals live their lives to the fullest which Alex and Katherine have trouble adjusting to, and not just because they drive a car with a steering wheel on the wrong side of the car. And that's pretty much it for any kind of story here which is unsentimental to a fault, at least until the movie's forced ending.
May 5, 2013
Walter M.

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