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Three Ingrid Bergman-Roberto Rossellini Films Now on Blu-ray

By October 9, 2013

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Ingrid Bergman Roberto RosselliniThree great films starring Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and directed by husband Roberto Rossellini have been released on Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.

The films are part of a single box set, 3 Films by Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman, and are currently available with a number of choice extras.

The first film, Stromboli (1950), was the first collaboration between Bergman and Rossellini, and featured the actress as a Lithuanian woman who escapes a post-World War II prison camp by marrying a Sicilian fisherman, only to suffer an existential crisis on a harsh volcanic island.

Next in the set is Europa '51 (1952), which featured Bergman as a mother whose guilt over her son's suicide causes a divide in her marriage and distances herself from her privileged lifestyle.

Finally the set concludes with Journey to Italy (1954), which starred Bergman and George Sanders as a wealthy couple who discover that they have very little in common while traveling to Naples to sell inherited property.

The box set has a number of great extras, not the least of which is the 50-minute documentary Ingrid Bergman Remembered; introductions to each film by Rossellini from 1963; a short film by Rossellini called The Chicken (1953) starring Bergman as herself; a film by daughter Isabella Rossellini called My Dad is 100 Years Old; a 2013 interview with Martin Scorsese; and transcripts of letters between Bergman and Rossellini.

Cover for the box set '3 Films by Robert Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman' (2013)/The Criterion Collection


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