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

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 to spend the rest of their vacation away from each other, Alex joins up with some other British guys on Capri to drink and flirt, while Katherine tours the natural attractions and museums of Naples and Pompeii. Viaggio in Italia was unsuccessful when it originally released to theatres; years later it was discovered by French critics and called a masterpiece in Cahiers du Cinema. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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NR
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Drama
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Cast

Ingrid Bergman
as Katherine Joyce
George Sanders
as Alexander 'Alex' Joyce
Leslie Daniels
as Tony Burton
Natalia Ray
as Natalie Burton
Anna Proclemer
as Prostitute
Natalie Ray
as Natalie Burton
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Critic Reviews for Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini's third feature starring Ingrid Bergman (his wife at the time), from 1953, turns romantic melodrama into intellectual adventure.

Full Review… | August 30, 2015
New Yorker
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You might not want to bring along someone you love, because you could end up leaving the theater alone.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
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 1, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Village Voice
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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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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