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Europe '51
Rossellini, Roberto, 1906-1977, film producer, film director, screenwriter.
Publication Information:
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]

Physical Description:
1 DVD videos(227 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 bonus disc.
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.
General Note:
Issued as part of 3-film set with Stromboli and Journey to Italy : 3 films by Roberto Rossellini starring Ingrid Bergman.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1952.

Special features: Disc 1: New 2K digital restoration of the English-language version; Introduction by Roberto Rossellini; Adriano Aprà (new interview with film critic Adriano Aprà); Ingrid and Isabella Rossellini (new interview with Rossellini and actress Ingrid Bergman's daughters, Ingrid Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini); My dad is 100 years old (a 2005 short film directed by Guy Maddin and starring Isabella Rossellini). Disc 2: New high-definition digital restoration of the Italian-language version, Europa '51; Elena Dagrada version comparison (new interview with film historian Elena Dagrada on the different versions of the film); The chicken (a 1952 short film directed by Rossellini and starring Berman); G. Fiorella Mariani interview (new interview with G. Fiorella Mariani, Rosellini's niece, featuring Bergman's home movies); New English subtitle translation.
Europe '51 Europa '51
Added Title:
Europa '51 (Motion picture)


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The resulting collaboration produced a series of films that are works of both sociopolitical concern and metaphysical melodrama. Stromboli, Europe '51, and Journey to Italy are intensely personal portraits that reveal the director at his most emotional and the glamorous actor at her most anguished, and that capture them and the world around them in transition.

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Library Journal Review

Having made his early mark with Italian neorealistic classics like Rome, Open City, Rossellini (1906-77) went on to direct a handful of films with his eventual inamorata, then Hollywood star Bergman. A postwar refugee comes to regret marrying a simple fisherman in Stromboli (1950). After her child's death, a privileged woman gives up her position in Europe '51 (1952). A bickering couple breaks up before finally reuniting in Journey to Italy (1954). An effective blend of melodrama and social awareness typifies this trio, with Bergman's portrayals much earthier than her Tinseltown counterparts. While not offering pristine presentations for each film, the collection does provide English-language versions as well as the uncensored originals for two of them. An extra disc's worth of features make the case for a fortunate collaboration. For Bergman fans and foreign-film buffs more interested in the pair's on-screen than scandalous off-screen alliance, this set is a keeper. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.