“Dear Mr. Rossellini,
I saw your films Open City and Paisan, and enjoyed them very much. If you need a Swedish actress who speaks English very well, who has not forgotten her German, who is not very understandable in French, and who in Italian only knows ‘ti amo’, I am ready to come and make a film with you.
“[...] To relate, I must see: cinema relates with the camera, but I am certain, I feel, that with you near me, I could give life to a human creature who, following hard and bitter experiences, finds peace at last and complete freedom from all selfishness. That being the only true happiness which has ever been conceded to mankind, making life more simple and nearer to creation. Could you possibly come to Europe? I could invite you for a trip to Italy and we could go over this thing at leisure? Would you like me to go in for this film? When? What do you think of it? Excuse me for all these questions but I could go on questioning you forever.
Pray believe in my enthousiasm.
Correspondence between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini. Following these letters, they would go on collaborating on a series of Rossellini’s most succesful films. They got married as well.
“A la question: ‘Qu’est-ce qui est essentiel, pour vous, dans le rècit cinématographique?’, Rossellini répondait en 1952, c’est-à-dire peu avant d’entreprendre le Voyage: ‘De mon point de vue l’attente: tous les solutions naissent de l’attente. C’est l’attente qui fait vivre, c’est l’attente qui déverrouille la réalité, l’attente qui - après la préparation - donne la libération... L’attente est la force de chaque événement de notre vie: el en va de même au cinéma.’" (Alain Bergala, Voyage en Italie, Roberto Rosselini)
“Rossellini, with his rational humanism, may have been the least cinephilic of the great filmmakers, but in his works with Bergman, he turned to a kind of reflexivity - personal refractions of Hollywood that joined documentary and artifice in a way that simulteously called attention to both - that made the cinema itself their very subject and broke down the barrier between fiction and reportage, between performance and life. The modern cinema begins here.” (Richard Brody)
Multiple screenings of the newly restored copy at Flagey, Brussels:
24/12 - 19:30
01/01 - 17:30
12/01 - 17:30
15/01 - 17:30
17/01 - 22:00
23/01 - 19:30
28/01 - 17:30
29/01 - 17:30
31/01 - 15:30
05/02 - 22:00
25/02 - 21:30