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Stromboli 1949.

Photographs by Federico Patellani. Contributions by Kitti Bolognesi, Alberto Bougleux, Giovanna Calvenzi, and Goffredo Fofi.
Humboldt, 2020. In Italian, English. 96 pp., 6¾x8¼".



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“Dear Mr. Rossellini, I saw your films Open City and Paisan, and enjoyed them very much. If you need a Swedish actress who speaks English very well, who has not forgotten her German, who is not very understandable in French, and who in Italian knows only ‘ti amo,’ I am ready to come and make a film with you.”

Rossellini, after receiving this letter from Ingrid Bergman – then one of the greatest Hollywood stars – involved her in the project that would become the film Stromboli (1950), but even before the film was released, it was the love story between the Roman director and the Swedish actress that filled the pages of newspapers far and wide.

Federico Patellani, one of the finest photographers of the day, arrived on the Aeolian island: his shots made their way right around the world, for they documented not only the development of the film but also the living conditions of the inhabitants and the power of the elements.

From the Patellani Archive, now housed at the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea of Milano-Cinisello Balsamo, photographs have come to light that help us reconstruct that famous story in its entirety.


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