Journey to Italy


Action / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 6662


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Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce
George Sanders as Alexander 'Alex' Joyce
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by timbeach-03889 5 / 10

Tourism Events Italy

An unhappily married wealthy couple drive to Naples to dispose of a deceased uncle's villa. He is dry as an old bone, completely unfeeling around his wife, while she grows more and more upset as time passes at their lack of connection and romance. Eventually they decide to get a divorce, before the final scene where they abruptly change their mind and declare their love for one another, without any indication as to how they reached such a conclusion. The film does a pretty good job of avoiding melodrama until that point, but a more insipid ending you couldn't imagine.

The lack of any human warmth in this film makes it an emotionless affair, though it does manage an inviting mood thanks to the wonderfully scenery. Set mostly in sunshine, mountains rise in the background, oceans sit on the horizon, stony streets are woven, and we get a travelogue of the southwest coast of Italy - Naples, Capri, Pompeii - volcanic smoke, catacombs, and marbled statues. Rossellini does well to pull back from the actors and let these locations breathe fresh life into a relationship of stale air. Learning foreign history and observing foreign life pass around them, the mood is that of disconnect - though there is a sense of wonder and searching for our place within it all. Certain nods to the macabre along the way impart some vague thematic elements, though I empathise with any who thought this was made by a tourism promotion company.

Reviewed by jacobs-greenwood 6 / 10

Not for everyone

Billed as one of Roberto Rossellini's best, Journey to Italy aka Strangers (1954) is difficult to appreciate unless you understand the language (Italian) or can read its English subtitles as fast as they appear on the screen. Plus, if you're reading, you're missing a lot of the scenery - Naples, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and Capri - which is so beautiful (and could have been more so, had it been filmed in color).

Also challenging for many moviegoers is that there isn't much of a plot; it's the study of a marriage that's collapsing after 8 years. Even though it features Ingrid Bergman (the director's wife at the time) and George Sanders, I find it hard to recommend to a general audience. However, the print I saw on TCM was barely 80 minutes in length, as much as 15 minutes less than the original running time, so it's possible there were scenes missing that would have made it more palatable.

Katherine (Bergman) and Alex Joyce (Sanders) travel to Naples to sell a home that was left to him by a recently deceased uncle, who was popular in the idyllic town. They realize that they hardly know each other as they struggle to have any kind of meaningful dialogue or interactions without frustration or heartache. He's a workaholic while she's overly critical and sensitive. They no longer see each other as desirable, though each is curious to notice that their spouse is fun and attractive to others, when the couple mingles socially.

For me, the film's best scene occurs after Alex returns late at night from a several days trip to Capri, where he was hot for a dalliance that didn't happen and Katherine is clearly hoping he'll romance her (absence makes the heart grow fonder). He's typically unaware - even aloof - of her wishes, and she's too timid to express her vulnerability, e.g. need of him. Unfortunately, much of the rest of this marital study fails to illuminate, and their reconciliation at the end feels as tacked on as any Hollywood production.

Reviewed by ncweil 8 / 10

Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders avoid their crumbling marriage in Naples; sarcasm and jealousy keep their feelings in check.

In this third film in which Roberto Rossellini cast his lover Ingrid Bergman, he again makes her a misfit in a world of open curious people. She and George Sanders, British husband and wife Alex and Kathryn Joyce, drive to the Italian countryside to dispose of the villa her uncle has left her. In contrast to the warmth of the people they meet, at parties and by chance, Kathryn and Alex shoot barbed remarks at each other. After a party where he watches her charming several men, he comments she must have enjoyed the evening. She counters that she was bored, and he must be jealous. He loves the wine, and the food, but his sensuous appreciation is blunted when he gets near his wife. They wander separately, each experiencing emotional connections with places and companions, but their chilliness to each other undercuts the richness of every encounter. One of their visits is to the ruins of Pompeii, where archaeologists have discovered in the ash the cavities left where bodies were vaporized, the outlines of their forms preserved. Having seen Pompeii a decade ago, I marveled at how much more has been excavated than in the mid-50s - this excursion alone is worth seeing the movie for.

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