“Rossellini is ten years ahead of all filmmakers,” Jacques Rivette wrote about STROMBOLI, which was regarded as a scandal when it first appeared (not so much because of its content, but rather because of the liaison amoureuse between the director and the lead actress). Unlike in Rossellini’s previous films, the historical context only functions as the framework for the discussion of a basically universal theme: alienation. Ingrid Bergman lands on the volcanic island with a man she does not understand and in a society that rejects her. An explosive lesson.
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