"I can’t live like this in this filth!"

When Ingrid Bergman wrote a letter to director Roberto Rossellini about her interest in being in a film of his, little did she realize how much that would change both of their lives. That letter led her to be the star of Rossellini’s Italian neo-realist film Stromboli, and led the two of them to their affair that killed her Hollywood career for a decade.

At least the two of them were able to make five films together and have three children before another affair of his led them to separate. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Ingrid Bergman series with Rossellini’s 1950 film Stromboli.

We talk about what works in this film for us and what doesn’t. We look at the ending and debate about whether it’s working or not. We look at the core relationship of Bergman and Mario Vitale and discuss if it’s working for us and why. We talk about neorealism and what the movement was made up of. We look at the actual island of Stromboli and the complexities of filming there. And we look at how the movie got made and try to figure out if it made any money back or not.

It’s an interesting film that works a lot better for Andy than it does for Pete. That certainly gives us a lot to discuss, so check it out then tune in to this week’s show. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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