Isabella Rossellini’s Adventures in Moviegoing

Isabella Rossellini’s Adventures in Moviegoing

19 Episodes

As the daughter of two legendary film artists, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini grew up immersed in cinema before making her own indelible mark on the medium through her brilliant performances for auteurs like David Lynch and Guy Maddin and her own acclaimed projects like the GREEN PORNO series. For this edition of Adventures in Moviegoing, she has selected bittersweet, deeply personal films that represent the essence of cinema for her: silent-cinema grace notes from Charlie Chaplin (THE CIRCUS) and Buster Keaton (ONE WEEK), elementally inventive works made at home with limited resources (ITALIANAMERICAN, JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V.), and dizzying flights of imagination (THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, A TRIP TO THE MOON).

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Isabella Rossellini’s Adventures in Moviegoing
  • Isabella Rossellini in Conversation

    Episode 1

    As the daughter of two legendary film artists, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini grew up immersed in cinema before making her own indelible mark on the medium through her brilliant performances for auteurs like David Lynch and Guy Maddin and her own acclaimed projects lik...

  • Isabella Rossellini on THE CIRCUS

    Episode 2

  • The Circus

    Episode 3

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1928 • United States
    Starring Charles Chaplin, Allan Garcia, Merna Kennedy

    In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After bei...

  • Isabella Rossellini on THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

    Episode 4

  • The Thief of Bagdad

    Episode 5

    Directed by Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, and Tim Whelan • 1940 • United Kingdom
    Starring John Justin, Sabu, June Duprez

    Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, inspired by “The Arabian Nights,” is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effe...

  • Isabella Rossellini on LA STRADA

    Episode 6

  • La strada

    Episode 7

    Directed by Federico Fellini • 1954 • Italy
    Starring Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart

    With this breakthrough film, Federico Fellini launched both himself and his wife and collaborator Giulietta Masina to international stardom, breaking with the neorealism of his early career in ...

  • Isabella Rossellini on YOYO

    Episode 8

  • Yoyo

    Episode 9

    Directed by Pierre Etaix • 1965 • France

    This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite. Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, YOYO blossoms into a poignant family saga (in which E...

  • Isabella Rossellini on JANE B. PAR AGNÈS V.

    Episode 10

  • Jane B. par Agnès V.

    Episode 11

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1988 • France
    Starring Jane Birkin, Agnès Varda, Charlotte Gainsbourg

    The interests, obsessions, and fantasies of two singular artists converge in this inspired collaboration between Agnès Varda and her longtime friend the actor Jane Birkin. Made over the course of a ye...

  • Isabella Rossellini on THE TRAMP AND THE DICTATOR

    Episode 12

  • The Tramp and the Dictator

    Episode 13

    Directed by Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft • 2002 • United Kingdom

    This 2002 documentary by Kevin Brownlow and Michael Kloft parallels the lives of Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, from their births the same week to the start of production on THE GREAT DICTATOR a week after Hitler’s invasion ...

  • Isabella Rossellini on A TRIP TO THE MOON

    Episode 14

  • A Trip to the Moon

    Episode 15

    Directed by Georges Méliès • 1902 • France

    A group of astronomers discover a fantastical and fearsome world on the moon in cinema’s very first science-fiction film.

  • Isabella Rossellini on ITALIANAMERICAN

    Episode 16

  • Italianamerican

    Episode 17

    Directed by Martin Scorsese • 1974 • United States
    Starring Catherine Scorsese, Charles Scorsese

    In one of his most personal works, Martin Scorsese sits down with his parents, Catherine and Charles, in their New York apartment for a free-flowing discussion that touches on family history, the imm...

  • Isabella Rossellini on THE HEART OF THE WORLD

    Episode 18

  • The Heart of the World

    Episode 19

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2000 • Canada
    Starring Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar

    Guy Maddin packs a dizzying amount of plot into a breakneck six minutes in this acclaimed short, in which a scientist caught in a love triangle between two brothers sets out to save the world from a heart ...