Newly Restored Journey to Italy Heading Back to UK Theaters
Posted April 12, 2013 05:59 PM by Webmaster
A newly restored version of Roberto Rossellini's classic film Viaggio in Italia (1954) will be screened in theaters across the United Kingdom. The film stars Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, and Maria Mauban.
Journey to Italy has been recently restored by Cineteca di Bologna.
Official theatrical synopsis: A film that was hugely influential on the new wave of French cinema as well as being widely regarded as one of Roberto Rossellini's finest. Katherine Joyce (Ingrid Bergman, and wife of Rossellini at the time) and her husband Alex (George Sanders) are travelling around Italy on their way to a villa they have just inherited. Far from their London home, Katherine confesses to having had a secret lover and finds her husband becomes even more distant with her; to such an extent that they decide to finish their holiday apart from each other. Whilst Alex enjoys the company of other ex-pats on the island of Capri, Katherine tours around the sights of Naples and Pompeii. However, the different events they experience begin to bind them together.
Preview – 17 April
Italian Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse
From 10 May
BFI Southbank, London
Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Am looking forward to this on Blu-ray. The BFI's DVD has an interesting commentary track. Contrast varies -- it can be poor out-of-doors, perhaps due to the vagaries of on-location lighting (?) I am curious whether there has been some "restoration" work done with the contrast. Another question is whether it's a restoration of the "international edition," which was released with English dialog. The BFI's DVD has English dialog, but its runtime may not be the same as the runtime of the international release (the DVD may have been shortened).