“He changed cinema three times. First, he and Vittorio De Sica started what was called ‘neo-
realism.’ Then, with his
wife Ingrid Bergman, he made a series of intimate, almost mystical stories like
Stromboli and Europa ’51. Europa ’51 is about two
people in a car–it’s what became the New Wave of cinema in the ’60s. At the end of his career, he directed a series of didactic films for Italian television–
he always felt a duty to
inform. He called these
‘undramatic,’ but The Rise
of Louis XIV is an artistic masterpiece.”
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