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Journey to Italy (1954)

Viaggio in Italia (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 1954 (Italy)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Vitaliano Brancati (story and screenplay), Roberto Rossellini (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Katherine Joyce
George Sanders ... Alex Joyce
Maria Mauban Maria Mauban ... Marie (as Marie Mauban)
Anna Proclemer ... La prostituta
Paul Muller ... Paul Dupont
Anthony La Penna Anthony La Penna ... Tony Burton (as Leslie Daniels)
Natalia Ray ... Natalie Burton (as Natalia Rai)
Jackie Frost Jackie Frost ... Betty
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Storyline

Married for eight years with no children, Brits Katherine and Alex Joyce are driving to Italy, their ultimate destination just outside of Naples to sell the villa they have just inherited from his uncle, the villa where they will be staying during their time there. On the drive, they come to the realization that this trip marks the first time that they have truly been alone together, and as such don't really know one another in the true sense. While in Italy, they end up mainly embarking on pursuits separate from each other - Katherine preferring the cultural, Alex preferring "company" including with some acquaintances they didn't know were in Naples until running into them on their first night in the city - and on the few occasions when they do spend time together, there is a tension and an underlying increasing want on both sides to hurt the other emotionally in their individual beliefs of what the other is thinking or has done in their time apart. As their marriage slowly falls ... Written by Huggo

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A Dramatic and Unusual Love Story!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

8 September 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Strangers See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Joyce's car is a 1950 Bentley Mk.VI drop-head coupe. See more »

Goofs

After deciding to leave Pompeii, and walking down the stairs for the exit, the arm and shoulder of a crew member appear in the lower right side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex Joyce: Where are we?
Katherine Joyce: Oh, I don't know exactly.
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Referenced in A Perfect Couple (2005) See more »

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Rossellini's masterstroke
5 October 2001 | by Dr_ShafeaSee all my reviews

"Viaggio in Italia" is a unique experience, a beautiful work of art, and perhaps Rossellini's masterpiece, though I equally cherish GERMANY YEAR ZERO and FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS. It can best be viewed on the big screen in order to fully grasp its mysterious beauties. But, alas, it is not for every taste. The film was a commercial disaster when it opened. But those perceptive "Cahiers du Cinema" critics - Godard, Rivette, Rohmer, Truffaut - justly hailed it as a modern masterpiece and placed in their list of ten best films of all time. Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders are nothing short of brilliant as the feuding British couple who travel to Naples to close their holiday home. Rossellini's breathtaking documentary scenes in the Mediterranean background are perfectly melded with the fictional story of the couple and their state of mind. It all comes down to that final miraculous moment that no written words can describe. Subtle, mysterious and beautiful, "Viaggio" ranks with the finest works in cinema.


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