|Rossellini's film is a little overrated.|
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Produced by Adolfo Fossataro
Written by Vitaliano Brancati & Roberto Rossellini (from Colette’s novel)Starring Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders and Maria Mauban
Plot Summary: A couple faces their marital problems when family business brings them to Naples, Italy.
Significance: As one of Rossellini’s most notable works, the film tied for #41 in the 2012 Sight and Sound critics poll, and it was recently recognized as one of the best rediscoveries by the Boston Society of Film Critics in 2013. The film also earned Ingrid Bergman the international Best Actress prize at the the Bambi Awards for 1954.
Thoughts: Rossellini’s celebrated film is a fine little drama, though its lofty reputation is somewhat lost on me. Locales are used to great effect in the story, which otherwise finds the melodrama a bit flat at times. Granted, the film never falters stylistically, and it’s so limited in terms of story that it doesn’t really put a foot wrong. But Sanders generally feels out of place in his role, while Bergman gives a lovely performance. It all feels a bit too underdeveloped, yet there seems to be a great movie in there somewhere. Overall, the film is a well-made piece of cinema that never feels fully realized.
Note: This post is late, but I did watch the film last month.