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Journey to Italy #1 – Viaggio in Italia by Roberto Rossellini


On the 70th anniversary of the film release Viaggio in Italia by Roberto Rossellini, ICI London has curated a new series of screenings “Journey to Italy”, showcasing the best films shot in the most beautiful Italian cities and regions.

Thanks to Rossellini’s masterpiece, the series starts in the Campania region, with a drama film about a married couple on the point of a collapse. The series continues its travel with Italian neorealism by Maestro Ermanno Olmi and his film Il Posto, which was set in Lombardy. I basilichi, written and directed by Lina Wertmüller, displays the Basilicata region, while the Marche and Veneto regions are the sets of Luchino Visconti’s Ossesione and Morte a Venezia. Prima della rivoluzione by Bernardo Bertolucci focuses on political and romantic uncertainty among the youth in Emilia-Romagna. Many more regions will be explored in this year’s programme!

Some of the films showcased in the “Journey to Italy” series were included in the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage’s 100 Italian films to be saved. Others were restored and screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Follow us for a trip through Italy and Italian film gems.

Thursday 11 January 6.00pm

Viaggio in Italia (Journey to Italy) by Roberto Rossellini

In Italian with English subtitles

Director: Roberto Rossellini
Writer: Roberto Rossellini, Vitaliano Brancati
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Giacomo Rondinella
Drama/ 1954/1h46’ /B&W

Katherine and Alexander are a childless English married couple on a trip to Italy whose marriage is on the point of collapse under the strains of mutual boredom and resentment until they are miraculously reconciled. The film is loosely based on the 1934 novel Duo by Colette. Although the film was an Italian production, its dialogue was in English. Journey to Italy is considered by many to be Rossellini’s masterpiece, as well as a seminal work of modernist cinema due to its loose storytelling.

In 2012, it was listed by Sight & Sound magazine as one of the fifty greatest films ever made.

Introduction and post-screening discussion with Nick Walker.

Nick Walker has worked in the film industry, wrote film articles for The Guardian, is a film lecturer, programmer and host of film salon events in London and Rochester. Nick has a Master’s Degree in Film Culture.


  • Organizzato da: ICI London