Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City

Roberto Rossellini's first landmark of the Italian neorealism movement, set during the Nazi occupation of Rome and following the stories of a brave few who struggled against it. Shot on location immediately after the end of World War II and co-written by Federico Fellini. More

"Follows engineer Giorgio (Marcello Pagliero) in his attempts to evade the Germans and the collaborating Italian authorities by seeking help from Pina (Anna Magnani), fiancée of a fellow member of the underground resistance, and Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi), the priest due to oversee her marriage. Giorgio is confident he’d never betray his comrades even if caught – but not everyone can be so strong...

"Basing their story partly on real people and events, Rossellini brought a vivid authenticity to their depiction of daily lives dominated by poverty, desperation and constant fear of betrayal and violence... Seamlessly blends sequences reminiscent of documentary with more conventional dramatic scenes notable for their pace, precise staging and affectingly naturalistic performances. Its emotional punch remains undiminished." (BFI)

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1945Rating: M103 minsItalyItalian and German with English subtitles
DramaWarClassic

Rome, Open City | Reviews

Total Film

Total Film

The rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home.

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Time Out

Time Out

Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The visceral cinematography blends the grit of a documentary with the heart and soul of a drama (Fellini collaborated on the screenplay).

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The torture and execution scenes are harrowing and moving.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Sixty years on, it packs a punch.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Melodrama at its most justified with a great group of diverse and interesting characters and real sense of urgency.

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