Cinema: Storm Over Stromboli

"It's a 20-minute travelogue of Stromboli in an 89-minute film. When things get dull, they throw in a little sex."

This thumbnail review by an indiscreet studio executive was about all that the public really had to go on before RKO rushed Producer-Director Rossellini's Stromboli into more than 400 U.S. theaters this week. After loudly ballyhooing the movie for weeks as a kind of lurid peepshow ("Raging Island, Raging Passions"), the studio had suddenly refused all advance screenings for movie critics. The reason, RKO frankly admitted, was fear that unfavorable reviews might cool the...

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