“How sweet it is to do nothing” / “The most modern film”

Art of Quotation

Count of Melissa: “How do you say “dolce far niente” in English?”

Count of Trebisonda: “I think you could translate it as

how sweet it is to do nothing.”

Roberto Rossellini

A Journey to Italy, 1954, Ingrid Bergman as Katherine Joyce, George Sanders as Alex Joyce, directed by Roberto Rossellini

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A rare brief moment of calm as the estranged couple symbolically lounge near the Italian city of Naples in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. (Bergman and Sanders)

“Your ridiculous romanticism. This country… poisons you with laziness.”

— George Sanders as Alex Joyce

Martin Scorcese, director

“The most modern film… It was a change in the execution of art…the perception of it.

It’s the most modern film…Journey to Italy. It began modern cinema in a way. And it isn’t just a change in style. It was a change in the execution of art…the perception of it. A…

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