As auteurist demigods go, Roberto Rossellini is still tough to nail down—there's the neorealist Rossellini, the wrestling-adulterously-with-Ingrid-Bergman Rossellini, the kicked-out-of-India Rossellini, and the low-budget TV-historian Rossellini. Each has had his moment in the sun, but today the light falls on the Bergman years, and particularly on this melancholic 1954 heartbreaker, now recognized as a career-defining masterpiece. Inescapably, it's a film about the fragility of marriage (Ingrid and Roberto had only been married for four years at this point, and wouldn't last another four), in which a British couple (Bergman and George Sanders) descend on Naples to sell an... More >>>