Journey to Italy
Viaggio in Italia /Journey to Italy
Fiction, Italy- France, 1954, DCP (35mm)
With Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Maria Mauban, Anna Proclemer, Paul Muller, Leslie Daniels, Natalia Ray
But in its construction Viaggio in Italia is no closer to the documentary than it is to the melodrama or the fictional romance. Certainly no documentary camera could have recorded the experiences of this English couple in this way, or, more to the point, in this spirit. [...] I confess my incapacity to define adequately the merits of a style so new that it defies all definition. If only in its framing and its camera movements [...] this film is unlike any others. [...] Viaggio in Italia is the story of a couple’s estrangement and their subsequent reconciliation. [...] From the museum of Naples to the catacombs, from the sulphur springs of Vesuvius to the ruins of Pompeii, we accompany the heroine along a spiritual. And if the film succeeds – logically, you could say – through a miracle, it is because that miracle was in the order of things whose order, in the end, depends on a miracle.