Episode 101: Roberto Rossellini’s Journey To Italy (1954)

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In this episode, I talk about Roberto Rossellini’s groundbreaking 1954 film, “Journey To Italy.” It stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as Katherine and Alex Joyce, a couple whose relationship starts disintegrating during a vacation in Italy. Katherine is haunted by a man she knew before her marriage to Alex and who was stationed in Italy during World War II. As the distance grows between her and Alex, she visits museums that the man wrote about in his poetry. In her wanderings, she confronts death and the enormity of ancient history. “Journey To Italy” has haunted me for years. In this episode, I articulate why it’s so compelling to me and discuss themes like time, history, mortality, death, and much more.

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