Stromboli, 2014, oil on cardboard, 15x15cm, private collection


Roberto Rossellini's film Stromboli (1950) is named after the Italian island where it is set. The film features Hollywood superstar actress Ingrid Bergman as a refugee who marries an Italian fisherman and goes to live with him on the volcanic island of Stromboli. The small population of close-knit islanders do not like her and her jealous husband beats her for humiliating him. She eventually tries to escape (unsuccessfully) across the volcano. The island is bleak but beautiful. The film is enhanced by the real life story of Bergman falling in love with Rossellini and leaving her husband and child for him (which led to her being shunned by Hollywood)




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