• By the time Roberto Rossellini joined forces with the international superstar Ingrid Bergman in the late 1940s, he had already left an indelible mark on the history of film with his groundbreaking works of neorealism, including Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero. With these films, “he changed what the world thinks of cinema,” according to director and world cinema expert Martin Scorsese in the following excerpt from a new interview on Criterion’s release 3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman. What he did next, in the emotionally intimate Stromboli, Europe ’51, and Journey to Italy, all starring Bergman, was completely unexpected, pushing the form’s boundaries in ways that many did not understand at the time. Watch the clip to hear Scorsese explain what Rossellini was up to with these special, spiritual films, which in many ways moved against the tide of neorealism that the director had himself set in motion.

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  • By Mike H.
    September 24, 2013
    05:18 PM

    Love Marty on RR, but I wish his documentary didn't have so many spoilers. I had to edit these out before sharing his good thoughts to students in an introduction to Rossellini...
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  • By Gord
    September 24, 2013
    06:02 PM

    That's because he's a man with intimate knowledge of these films talking to other people who have also seen them and want a deeper appreciation. Would you read an book on King Lear and blame the author for spoilers? I hope not; you would read the play first and then formulate your opinions and then seek out 2nd-ary sources for more insight.
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    • By DeeDee_Hiv
      September 26, 2013
      12:14 AM

      Hell yeah Gord! -Your Secret Admirer
  • By Brett Sheehan
    September 24, 2013
    07:09 PM

    Thanks for posting. Interesting read & watch.
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  • By Gord
    September 26, 2013
    01:37 AM

    For the sake of my frail male ego I'm going to assume you're serious and are attracted to opinionated men with a fondness for ennui and ice cream. OK? Hope that virus doesn't become full-blown you know. : )
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