Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City
  • 1945
  • Italy
  • 1h 41min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Roberto Rossellini
  • Written by: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Story:, Sergio Amidei, Alberto Consiglio
  • Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero
  • Language: Italian, German

Rosselini's definitive neo-realist film was shot in horrendously difficult circumstances at the end of the war and provides a compelling picture of the resistance movement's efforts to disrupt the fascist authorities. These days what's perhaps most remarkable about the film is its refusal to conform to the then conventional filmic notions of sentimentality and heroism in favour of a hard edge that remains grimly affecting.

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