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Roberto Rossellini's Journey to Italy
Introduction and post screening discussion by Dr Ross Balzaretti (Department of History) and Sarah Lutton (BFI London Film Festival Programme Advisor, co-editor ‘Roberto Rossellini: Magician of the Real’)
Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954) is one of the most important films you’ve never seen. Starring Ingrid Bergman (who was married to Rossellini at the time), it follows a disconnected couple from England (Bergman and George Sanders) visiting Naples to sell off an inherited villa, as their unfamiliar and enforced intimacy starts eating away at the fabric of their union. As he idles with other expats the temporality of their relationship becomes ever more clear. Whilst immersing herself in the ruins around Pompeii and Herculaneum, she feels all the while rebuked and chastened by the ancient permanence of everything around her.
A powerful and existential portrait of time, place and emotion, which was heralded on its release as a ground-breaking modernist work. The screening is in association with the ‘Grand Tourists and Others’ exhibition in the Weston Gallery.
Join is for a flavoursome Italian menu in the Pavilion Cafe. Available from 5.30pm until 45 minutes before the screening.