• Italy
  • 1952
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #674

Ingrid Bergman plays a wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite racked by guilt over the shocking death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the city’s poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity. The intense, often overlooked Europe ’51 was, according to Rossellini, a retelling of his own The Flowers of St. Francis from a female perspective. This unabashedly political but sensitively conducted investigation of modern sainthood was the director’s favorite of his films.

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Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of the English-language version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New high-definition digital restoration of the Italian-language version, Europa ’51, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Introduction by director Roberto Rossellini
  • New interview with film critic Adriano Aprà
  • New interview with film historian Elena Dagrada on the different versions of the film
  • New interview with Rossellini and actress Ingrid Bergman’s daughters, Ingrid Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini (DVD)
  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a 2005 short film directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini (DVD)
  • New interview with G. Fiorella Mariani, Rossellini’s niece, featuring Bergman’s home movies (DVD)
  • The Chicken, a 1952 short film directed by Rossellini and starring Bergman (DVD)
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Europe ’51: The Greatest of These . . .

By Fred Camper September 25, 2013

Roberto Rossellini’s tale of modern sainthood demonstrates the importance of opening oneself to the wider world. Read more »


Film Essays

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Living in Cinema: Rossellini and Bergman in Italy

By Richard Brody September 23, 2013

The neorealist master and the Hollywood icon forged a brilliant artistic path together, despite the backlash their controversial romance generated. Read more »

Clippings

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From the Rossellini Archives

May 08, 2017

With his mix of documentary-like immediacy and profound moral inquiry, Roberto Rossellini became a pioneer of Italian neorealism, a movement that transformed the way filmmakers captured the . . . Read more »


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Features

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“Ti amo”: An Exchange of Letters

October 04, 2013

This fascinating first contact between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman kicked off one of cinema’s greatest—and most controversial—love affairs. Read more »


Film Essays

Europe51_current_thumbnail

Europe ’51: The Greatest of These . . .

By Fred Camper September 25, 2013

Roberto Rossellini’s tale of modern sainthood demonstrates the importance of opening oneself to the wider world. Read more »


Video


Film Essays

Rossellinibergman1_current_thumbnail

Living in Cinema: Rossellini and Bergman in Italy

By Richard Brody September 23, 2013

The neorealist master and the Hollywood icon forged a brilliant artistic path together, despite the backlash their controversial romance generated. Read more »

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