Stromboli terra di Dio/ Stromboli
Fiction, Italy, 1950, DCP (35mm)
With Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponza, Roberto Onorati, Verner Biel
In an article entitled Why I Chose Ingrid Bergman, Rossellini […] declares that the actress feels “the filmic tale she is about to live will become, in many ways, her own adventure “. Today we know that she chose him, by writing him a now famous letter in which she offered to work together and affirmed she could say “ti amo” (I love you) in Italian. But in Rossellini’s words – and in the story of Karin, a foreign refugee catapulted into a world as far away as it is hostile to her – there is the tangle of private and public, truth and legend, autobiography and fiction that surrounds everything that was born out of that fateful meeting between the director and the actress. Τhree different versions of this film exist: one American, distributed by RKO; an international one, presented at the 11th Venice Film Festival; and, finally, an Italian version, which was around six minutes shorter that the international one, despite having some extra shots made especially for the end of this version.