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Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponzo

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STROMBOLI is an Italian movie written and directed by Roberto Rossellini in 1950.
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The setting is Italy, just after the end of WWII. Karen, a Lithuanian young woman, who's run away from the German army after the death of her Czech husband, a doctor, is now confined in a refugee camp. In order to get out of it, she marries Antonio, a man she's only met a few times at the camp's grilled door. The young couple leaves right away in order to reach Antonio's hometown, a small village set in the island of Stromboli, underneath the well-known volcano.

When she arrives at Antonio's house, Karen is desperate. The island is almost desert and Antonio, with his fisherman's salary, is unable to offer to her the life she was accustomed to in the past. Furthermore, the women of the village ignore Karen on account of her lack of "modesty" and the local priest advises her to be patient.

Although Karen tries her best to please her husband and the villagers, all her efforts are vain. Antonio, who doesn't like the way she has decorated their house, soon puts back the family photos bequeathed by his mother and when Karen innocently speaks to the lighthouse keeper, the whole village tells her husband that she is cheating on him.

After several quarrels with Antonio, Karen finally understands that her husband won't leave the island and emigrate to a new country. She decides then to leave him but she has first to reach by foot the other side of the island by climbing the slopes of the volcano.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Stromboli

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage going to pieces

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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