Another Ingrid Bergman classic, yet again re-mastered by the British Film Institute and soon to be released on DVD.
So the story goes Ingrid Bergman discovered Roberto Rossellini’s work in New York (in particular “Paisà“) and impressed by its simple and direct message and wrote to him suggesting that he contact her if he had an opening for a “Swedish actress who speaks English well but can only say ti amo (I love you) in Italian.” Rossellini was told of Bergman’s fame so he contacted her and they met (and became lovers but that’s another story) and some outstanding work ensured, one of which is: Stromboli Land Of God (Stomboli Terra Di Dio.) As you may remember from my earlier review of “Journey To Italy” I’m a fan of Ingrid Bergman’s work so here’s my review for this title.
Ingrid Bergman plays a character called Karin, a Lithuanian woman who has fled the Nazis and ends up in a refugee camp in Italy. She tries to escape but is denied a visa to Argentina and ends up marrying a local Italian fisherman as a way of “escaping” her predicament. When she gets to his home (on the island of Stromboli) though she is displeased and disappointed with the whole island.
She manages to alienate the locals on the island and tries again to emigrate to Argentina but fails. She tries to get away but her husband, who has got her pregnant, locks her in the house. She escapes and makes her way for the other side of the island hoping to find a boat to get away on ….
The film shows how her culture and expectations clash with the people of the island and how she changes as when escapes her husband’s home she begins to change as a person. To say much more would be “spoilers!”
I really enjoyed watching this film, although I only have it on a somewhat poor quality copy VHS. The British Film Institute has re-mastered this film so I fully expect the DVD to be superb.
I give the film 8 out of 10.
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