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INGRID IN POST-WAR ITALY.
First things first: this film isn't as bad as its longtime reputation would suggest. It's likely not a highlight on anyone's list of favorites, but it is a solid movie with some nice points. The film stars the glamorous Ingrid Bergman, player in a number of well received Hollywood films, under the direction of her current husband /director Roberto Rossellini. The only thing is, this isn't a big Hollywood production, there's no glamour to be found here, and this movie was not well received in the least. The story? Bergman plays a mother and wealthy housewife who, after her son dies, becomes extremely depressed. Searching for a meaning to her life, she comes across a number of interesting people, each with their own problems and each having a story to tell. Ingrid becomes fascinated with these people, more to the point of obsessed with helping them, all the while though her own family life is falling apart. This film was a modest success in some parts, but in the States it was a notable bomb. It was actually released several years after its Euro run, in an edited format, so it seems they weren't expecting much from this movie. As it was, it was shot not long after the scandal involving Bergman and Rossellini, at a time when Ingrid's career was basically left for dead in the States. This film is considered one of the "Neorealist Italian" style of films, shot by Bergman's husband Robert Rossillini. Apparently he wasn't much help, as the story goes, he liked the improvisational style of dialogue, much to the dismay of the cast. And his wife. Despite the chaos, this film was made and here it is. Well, maybe. Actually, there are several different prints of this film floating around, some heavily edited. Anyways, the full edit is what to watch, and although I found the film to drag a bit at times, the interesting parts and good cinematography make up for it. A good but not great watch.
Rossellini certainly seemed to be able to extract the deepest emotion from Bergman. I enjoy their films together.
- Dashiell Barnes
One of the more unusual films to come from the Italain neorealist period. After her son's suicide, Bergman deals with her grief by offering charity to those less-fortunate than her & husband Knox, who thinks she's having an affair. Snail-slow pace at some scenes, but the story is elegant & told with incredible modesty & usual social issues explored in neorealist films. Don't let Mr. Maltin's review stop viewer's from seeing this "saintly" film. I give it a 3/5.
Este filme no muito conhecido, mas um dos melhores que Ingrid Bergman dirigida na poca por seu marido Roberto Rossellini fizeram nos anos 50. Um filme para refletir e um clssico do cinema italiano. TCM providenciem o filme para que os telespectadores possam ter a oportunidade de assistir a este brilhante filme. Nota 10 para Europa'51.