A Ray of Sun (1997): Georg Brintrup’s Documentary of Brothers Roberto (Director) and Renzo (Composer) Rossellini

A Ray of Sun recounts the lives of the Italian neo-realist director Roberto Rossellini and his brother, music composer Renzo Rossellini. Both pursue their passions and work together to depict reality as is.

German director Georg Brintrup gives an expressionist view of two artist brothers, both were trying to capture what was happening, and what was real.

Post-World War II Italy suffered economic strife and moral decay, but Roberto Rossellini made films that preserved the moment as it was lived.

The film begins with a scrolling title: “Two brothers go through life together. The older one finds a new way to represent reality in film. The younger one expresses this film reality in music. At a mature age both brothers become aware of the shortcomings that limited their arts. From this they draw a conclusion each one in his own way.” T

This is followed by the static title: “Renzo and Roberto Rossellini – Two Brothers on their Journey towards the Unknown.”


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