EUROPE '51 (Europa '51)
a feature film by Roberto Rossellini (Rome, Open City, Germany Year Zero, Paisan, Stromboli)
with Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca, Notorious, Spellbound, Joan of Arc, Stromboli, Anastasia), Alexander Knox (The Longest Day, Wilson, Gorky Park), Giulietta Masina (Nights of Cabiria, La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits)
Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need who cross her path. One day she offers shelter to a man who is evading justice, and she ends being arrested herself. Her husband, for the sake of social propriety, arranges for a doctor to declare her insane. Irene escapes one prison to enter another, and to reflect on what sort of society she lives in.
In this film, having shed much of his neorealistic involvement based on large ideological conflicts, Rossellini shifts his emphasis to the spiritual aspects of man by offering us a rather Catholic existentialism.
Best Actress and International Award at Venice Film Festival
Italy - 1952, 110', available in Full HD
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Produced by Lux Film