Artist Pick: Stromboli, Land of God

Artist Pick: Stromboli, Land of God


Wednesday 24 April 2024 / 6pm

Philip Carter Family Auditorium


This movie selection from artist Sriwhana Spong is a post-war Italian neo-realist film starring Ingrid Bergman.

Stromboli, Land of God was the first collaboration between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman and is a devastating portrait of a woman’s existential crisis, set against the beautiful and forbidding backdrop of a volcanic island. After World War II, a Lithuanian refugee (Bergman) marries a simple Italian fisherman (Mario Vitale) who she meets in a prisoner of war camp, and accompanies him back to his isolated village on an island off the coast of Sicily. Cut off from the world, she finds herself crumbling emotionally, but she is destined for a dramatic epiphany. Balancing the director’s trademark neorealism – exemplified here in a remarkable depiction of the fishermen’s lives and work – with deeply felt melodrama, Stromboli is a revelation.

(107 mins, PG, 1950)

This is the second in a series of events in which artists from Spring Time is Heart-break select films that were formative to them.