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Cinematheque sets showings of three Rossellini/Bergman films

By Rich Heldenfels Published: February 20, 2014

The official word: Three celebrated postwar Italian film classics directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman will show between March 1 and 16 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. The films—STROMBOLI (1949), EUROPA ’51 (1952), and VOYAGE TO ITALY (1954)—are widely regarded as masterpieces of spiritual cinema, and are generally seen as a trilogy (sometimes called the “Voyage Trilogy”) or trinity. All three will be shown in new digital restorations.

 

Roberto Rossellini is best known as the one of the fathers of Italian neorealism, exemplified by an earlier trilogy of his: the WWII films OPEN CITY, PAISAN, and GERMANY, YEAR ZERO. But in the late 1940s, after the completion of these major works, Rossellini began to shift his focus from external social realities to internal spiritual strivings. At this same time he met and fell in love with Ingrid Bergman, one of the world's most beautiful and famous movie stars, and their affair scandalized the world. (Both of them were already married, and she had a daughter in Sweden.)

 

In 1950 Rossellini and Bergman wed. Their union, which ended in 1957, produced three children and six films. Though their movie collaborations were box office flops, STROMBOLI, EUROPA ’51, and VOYAGE TO ITALY grew over the years to be revered by film scholars as great, ground-breaking, modernist works. All three are introspective dramas in which the distressed heroine (played by Bergman) searches desperately for fulfillment, happiness, or the meaning of life. She wants to touch the divine, and eventually does.

 

Admission to each film is $9; members $7; age 25 & under $6. All tickets can be purchased only at the door. Free parking for filmgoers is available in the adjacent Cleveland Institute of Art lot. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450; email cinema@cia.edu;  or visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque.

 

Saturday, March 1, at 5:00 pm &

Sunday, March 2, at 1:30 pm

The Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman Trinity

STROMBOLI

STROMBOLI, TERRA DI DIO

Italy/USA, 1949, Roberto Rossellini

In her first collaboration with the man who would become her lover and husband, Ingrid Bergman plays a Lithuanian refugee in a post-WWII internment camp. To escape the camp, she marries a simple Italian fisherman and moves with him to Stromboli, a barren volcanic island that is his home. But there she suffers an existential crisis when she can’t adapt to the harsh, primitive living conditions. “Genuinely great.” –Martin Scorsese. New digital restoration! Cleveland revival premiere. Blu-ray. We will show the 106-min. English-language version on Saturday, and the 100-min. Italian version (with subtitles) on Sunday.

 

Saturday, March 8, at 5:00 pm &

Sunday, March 9, at 4:00 pm

The Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman Trinity

EUROPA ‘51

aka THE GREATEST LOVE

Italy, 1952, Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman’s second film with Rossellini was reputedly the director’s favorite of all his movies. Bergman plays an American society woman in Rome who decides to dedicate her life to the poor and the sick after she suffers a shattering family tragedy. But Rossellini wanted to demonstrate the difficulty of being a modern saint, so she pays a hefty price for her newfound altruism. With Giulietta Masina. New digital restoration! Cleveland revival premiere. Blu-ray. We will show the 109-min. English version on Saturday, and the 118-min. Italian version on Sunday.

 

Saturday, March 15, at 5:15 pm &

Sunday, March 16, at 6:30 pm

The Rossellini / Ingrid Bergman Trinity

VOYAGE TO ITALY

aka JOURNEY TO ITALY

VIAGGIO IN ITALIA

Italy/France, 1954, Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders star in Rossellini’s revered and moving drama, about a British husband and wife whose festering marital problems come to a head as they travel through Italy. The most celebrated of the films Rossellini and Bergman made together, Viaggio in Italia was proclaimed the first modern film by no less than François Truffaut. It has a perfect rating of 100 on Metacritic.com. “[The] most beautiful and magical of films.” –Time Out Film Guide. New digital restoration! In English. Blu-ray. 85 min. www.janusfilms.com

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