Voyage to Italy

  • *Fri Oct 4
  • Sun Oct 6
Voyage to Italy

*Fri Oct 4 show introduced by Andrew Utterson, Cornell Institute for European Studies Regional Visiting Fellow and IC film professor

Roberto Rossellini
Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders

Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage to Italy charts the declining marriage of a British couple, the Joyces, on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just an anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotional transcendence and profound spirituality. Considered an ancestor of the existential works of Michelangelo Antonioni; hailed as a groundbreaking work of modernism by the critics of Cahiers du cinéma; and named by Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films, Voyage to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic landmark. “The rich symbolism of the Italian landscape — the volcanic pools at Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii, the vistas that have stirred the imagination of artists at least since Virgil — makes the emptiness of the Joyces’ marriage all the more palpable and painful. Their emotional and spiritual sterility contrasts with the fertility signified by the baby carriages and pregnant women Katherine encounters every time she ventures into Naples, and also by the religious procession of the film’s devastating final scene.” (NY Times) Shown in a new, definitive restoration of the essential English-language version of the film, featuring Bergman and Sanders voicing their own dialogue.


DCP bw
1 hour 25 minutes
release year/country
1953 Italy