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

1954

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

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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

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

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  • 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.

    August 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • You might not want to bring along someone you love, because you could end up leaving the theater alone.

    June 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the end the film magnificently justifies its classic status as an affirmative statement about relationships.

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There is real greatness in this movie.

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • An influence on everyone from Michelangelo Antonioni to Jacques Rivette, this brave work still stands as a watershed.

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Jan 20, 2014
    Ponderous direction doesn't help but the two leads are so talented that they make this pedestrian drama worth watching.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2013
    "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 Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2010
    Innovative narrative structure. Italy itself is a predominant character in this subtle film. A precursor to Antonioni's alienation trilogy.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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