Roberto Rossellini – Fantasia sottomarina AKA Undersea Fantasy (1940)


Roberto Rossellini’s first film is a work of deceptive transparency. In its initial moments the film appears to be a documentary about underwater, even deep-sea, species. But soon after, the narration, in the manner of Cocteau, unleashes a powerful “dual reality” onto the images, imbuing them not only with a narrative logic, but a kind of magic.

Subtitles:English (muxed)

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