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      Stromboli

      Released Feb 15, 1950 1h 21m Drama List
      67% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 81% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Lithuanian Karin (Ingrid Bergman) flees her war-ravaged home country and winds up in Italy, where she's sent to an internment camp. There, she meets Antonio (Mario Vitale), a POW who's just been freed. They enjoy a brief romance, punctuated by Antonio's marriage proposal, and Karin, seeing her chance to escape the camp, accepts. But Antonio takes her back to Stromboli, the volcanic island he lives on, and Karin struggles with a language barrier, brutal living conditions and her outsider status. Read More Read Less Watch on Max Stream Now

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      Fred Camper Chicago Reader Rossellini’s films are far from anonymous stylistically despite their casual, improvisational feel... Rated: 4/4 Jun 22, 2022 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker Far from disguising or downplaying the production's methods and realities, Rossellini puts them into the foreground and builds upon them the movie's grand emotional world-and his grand social and spiritual vision. Mar 6, 2021 Full Review Nell Dodson Russell Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder The film gets off to a weak start, dawdles along to an anemic climax, comes to a shaky conclusion... Stromboli has none of the artistic merits of Open City or Pasian, both Rossellini pictures. Jan 14, 2022 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos There's a riveting early scene with the village priest, and then once you hit the fishing-horror scene, it is pretty much all unforgettable... Feb 12, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Often feels like an exercise of infatuation. Nov 12, 2020 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Director Roberto Rossellini complains it was ruined by inartistic editing in North America. Somebody ruined it, that's for sure. Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Aender S What a drag this film. Especially the character played by Ingrid Bergmann doesn't stop to be whiny, terrible. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Taylor L In virtually all Italian film, the north is a sexy fun time, and the south is an arid hellscape; in Rosselini's Stromboli, it's actually trying to kill his characters. An exploration of culture clash and post-war decline told through an ill-starred melodramatic romance; Ingrid Bergman portrays Karin, a Lithuanian refugee that agrees to marry a young Italian man (Mario Vitale's Antonio) in order to escape an uncertain future in an internment camp, only to find that his life on an isolated Southern island is more provincial and brutal than she could have imagined. Her middle class background is at odds with the blue-collar fisherman of Stromboli, but beyond simple standards of living the screenplay considers ideas of cultural discord (Karin's expressive, more libertine ideas vs. the prioritization of modesty) and the role of religion as a means of finding relief or simply reinforcing the status quo. Though the film outlines Karin's suffering, it doesn't necessarily make her out to be a pure victim, but rather one side of an idealistic tug-of-war; her attempts to repaint her house, and the disgust with which she watches the tuna hunt are both her own, to the native islanders they are a traditional way of life. At least in the current version, some technical faults are apparent (particularly poor audio quality), and this seems to be an oddly weak performance from the renowned Bergman, particularly in the way she delivers her lines. It's not Rosselini's masterpiece, and may be remembered more in the context of the relationship between its director and star, but it's better than contemporary critics made it out to be. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review ashley h Stromboli is a decent film. It is about a a young woman who marries a fisherman to escape from a prison camp. Ingrid Bergman and Mario Vitale give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Roberto Rossellini did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved this film that captures Ingred Bergman in realistic dreary island setting. Her character adapts to the volcanic setting until the triumphant ending where she accepts her fate. This film is the first one that captures the real Bergman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review andrey k What a great movie and what a great performance Ingrid Bergman delivers; I was quite astonished to see her so different from her other movies, being so arrogant, persistent, soft, defenseless and so many other characteristics which could be applied to her character, who is much disappointed when she arrives to her husband place of living, which falls short of her dream place. A half-documentary style of many scenes of this movie adds to the harshness reality of the action; the scenes of the volcano's eruption is very powerful and the ending is quite magical. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Rossellini scandalized the United States with this excellent and daring drama about an unfortunate woman stuck with small-minded people on a volcanic rock, and it hits us with powerful scenes that are hard to be forgotten, like the horrific tuna fishing and the volcano explosion. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Lithuanian Karin (Ingrid Bergman) flees her war-ravaged home country and winds up in Italy, where she's sent to an internment camp. There, she meets Antonio (Mario Vitale), a POW who's just been freed. They enjoy a brief romance, punctuated by Antonio's marriage proposal, and Karin, seeing her chance to escape the camp, accepts. But Antonio takes her back to Stromboli, the volcanic island he lives on, and Karin struggles with a language barrier, brutal living conditions and her outsider status.
      Director
      Roberto Rossellini
      Producer
      Roberto Rossellini
      Screenwriter
      Roberto Rossellini
      Distributor
      Ingram Distributors, RKO Radio Pictures
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Bero Productions, Berit Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 15, 1950, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 9, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 21m
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