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Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1954 • Italy, West Germany
Starring Ingrid Bergman, Mathias Wieman, Renate Mannhardt
Tinged with brooding noir atmosphere, the last of the celebrated collaborations between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman is a tense portrait of the psychology of an extramarital relationship that, in many ways, fascinatingly mirrors the furor surrounding the director and star’s own scandalous affair. In postwar Germany, Irene Wagner (Bergman) conceals an adulterous affair from her prominent husband (Mathias Wieman). When her lover’s jealous ex-girlfriend (Renate Mannhardt) begins blackmailing her, Irene finds herself plunged into a vortex of guilt, anxiety, and paranoia.