- A change in production company occurred when Ingrid Bergman replaced Anna Magnani as leading actress. The original company reacted by using the same plot for another movie, _Vulcano (1949)_ , shot at the same time and in nearly the same places as Rossellini's movie.
- Director Roberto Rossellini worked with no written screenplay but a handful of personal notes.
- During production of this film, Ingrid Bergman entered into an extra-marital affair with Roberto Rossellini and became pregnant with twins (one of whom was Isabella Rossellini). The resulting scandal in America effectively blacklisted her from the North American movie market and she was even condemned by politicians and religious figures. She was finally forgiven and welcomed back to America upon the success of Anastasia (1956), but her Hollywood career effectively ended with this movie.
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