Watched Aug 27, 2012
This intriguing film from Roberto Rossellini, recently named one of the fifty best of all time by Sight and Sound, is a very good one, but one I must say I felt let down by. It reminded me of Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte (1961), a very similar film I also had similar problems with. This Italian neo-realist drama is actually English-language, and stars Ingrid Bergma and George Sanders who bring brilliant life and sadness to their roles, that of a couple whose marriage is troubled, and whom seek connection in Italy but only find themselves alienated further (though this film has a happier ending than Antonioni's). It has some interesting moments, and even a few profound ones, but lacks something difficult to describe that directors like Antonioni seem to attain much more easily than Rossellini. It's not great, but as far as quiet little dramas about troubled human relationships go, it's not bad at all.