Voyage To Italy: Inspiration For Many Generations

339 Words2 Pages
Voyage to Italy: An inspiration for many generations Roberto Rossellini's films, Voyage to Italy lead the way for a new generation of cinema in the 1950's. For this reason alone it was the most underappreciated and disputed films amongst critics for its new style approach. Voyage to Italy takes the path of The Dead, by J.Joyce and gives a sense of voyeurism as the viewer gets a look into the troubled marriage of Alex and Katherine Joyce. Voyage to Italy is a striking film that displays beautiful themes of culture, love, and death. The cultural differences that two countries have and the effect that the culture may create on individuals are exemplified in the Joyce's troubled marriage. In the opening scene of Voyage to Italy the Joyce's travel through Napoli, this proves to be a significant component in showing the couples solidarity and compares their lack of love with a city that is known for its love. Alex begins to make comments of distaste to Katherine, which includes telling her he cannot wait for his late Uncle's property to sell so they can go home. Alex's attitude towards Katherine is caused by his own personal disorientation while experiencing a type of culture shock. The conversation in the car continues to be hostile as Alex continues to show his disgust for the Italian culture and Katherine relates this to his desire to be elsewhere instead of in an automobile with her. This behavior can be re-illustrated in the short story The Dead as Gabriel encounters his own cultural troubles while talking to Miss Ivors, “And haven't you your own land to visit, continued Miss Ivors, that you know nothing of, your own people your own country?" and Gabriel blurts out "...I'm sick of my own country, sick of it!” (Joyce, 189). Gabriel's unease with his culture culminates with his wife Gretta and begins the climax of their conflict as did Alex's cultural discomfort in
Open Document