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Roberto Rossellini Regained – The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

May 8th, 2014
  • Rossellini Interviewed here (vimeo)

  • The Taking of Power by Louis XIV, chapter 12.m4v

    Rossellini Regained click to see large

  • photo Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini on the set of the film ‘Il generale

    Roberto Rossellini criterion

    In the final phase of his career, after calling a news conference and announcing, “Cinema is dead,” Rossellini turned to historical television dramas about major subjects and figures (Louis XIV, Blaise Pascal, Descartes, the Medicis), made with a rational, almost scientific approach. As always, he yearned to show life’s minutiae unadorned, bare and pure.

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    Viaggio in Italis by Rossellini

    VOYAGE TO ITALY was critically savaged when it was first released in the US in an English version called STRANGERS, running nearly 20-minutes shorter than the original. It was attacked as being “dull,” “plodding,” “slow,” “hackneyed,” “meandering,” “poorly photographed,” “poorly written,” and “incompetently directed.” At the same time, the French “new wave” critics called it a masterpiece: Jacques Rivette wrote that on its appearance, “all other films suddenly aged 10 years,” and Jean-Luc Godard rhapsodically described it as being among “the most beautiful of films.”

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    “Oh it’s nice in the sun” (clip from film on youtube)

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    Roberto and Ingrid on the set of Stromboli.

    “Ingrid and Roberto felt like the whole world was against them,” Parks explains, “but Ingrid was sane enough to realize that they had to have a professional down there to take photos of them making the picture. She had seen a story of mine in LIFE, so she asked me to come to the island. Perhaps she thought I would do the story with more discretion.”

    Gordon Parks.

    Gordon Parks took photographs of Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli..