Dir. Roberto Rossellini (1953). This major work deals with the visit to Naples by an English couple (George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman). Bored and resentful of each other, their complacent attitudes are shaken by their contact with the Italian exuberance for life and death. Almost plotless, calm, and lucid and told in long takes, its made a lasting impression on a number of French and Italian directors.
Sat., Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 23, 2 & 6:15 p.m., 2009