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1950, Janus Films, 81 min, Italy/USA, Dir: Roberto Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman’s affair with director Roberto Rossellini during the making of this drama sparked a scandal, derailing her Hollywood career for several years. She plays Karen, a Lithuanian war refugee who marries an Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) to escape an internment camp, but life on his tradition-bound volcanic island proves restrictive in other ways. Rossellini’s neorealist approach provides a fascinating frame to Bergman’s strong central performance as the alienated village newcomer.

1954, Janus Films, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Roberto Rossellini

Inspired by Colette’s novel Duo, this subtle domestic drama stars director Roberto Rossellini’s then-wife, Ingrid Bergman, and George Sanders as an English couple who travel to Naples to sell a property they recently inherited. The marriage is strained and the two decide to spend time apart, taking in beautiful tourist spots as they decide whether they still have a future together. Beneath this simple narrative lies an emotional intensity and spirituality that has won such fans as Martin Scorsese and Sight & Sound’s team of critics, who recently named it as one of the 50 greatest films ever made. English-language version.

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