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Rome Open City

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Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi, Harry Feist, Francesco Grandjacquet, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno, Giovanna Galletti, Eduardo Passarelli

Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide...

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Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacquet), his pregnant fiancée Pina (Anna Magnani) and the priest who is due to marry them, Don Pietro Pellegrini (Aldo Fabrizi). Giorgio's ex-girlfriend Marina (Maria Michi) betrays him and his fellow fighters to the Gestapo in order to get her hands on some luxury items and it's not long before the Nazis and the local police find him and Don Pietro. They are captured and tortured but will they crack under the pain or be executed for their silence?
  • Featuring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi, Harry Feist, Francesco Grandjacquet, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno, Giovanna Galletti, Eduardo Passarelli
  • Directors Roberto Rossellini
  • Other Cast Ubaldo Arata, Renzo Rossellini, Guiseppe Amato, Ferruccio De Martino, Rod E. Geiger, Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini
  • Running time 103 minutes
  • Certification 15
  • Languages Italian
  • Region 2
  • Subtitles Yes
  • Format DVD
  • Year 1945
  • Release Date 30/03/2015
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Colour B/W
  • Label Trinity Creative Partners
  • RRP 19.99
  • Country of Origin Italy
  • Subtitle Languages English
  • Original Language Italian

Rome, Open City, a powerful Italian film directed by Roberto Rosselini in 1946, is a historically-based story of the Italian Resistance movement and its struggle against Nazi occupation. The film is a searing indictment of the Nazis and a powerful portrayal of the dignity and courage of the Italian Resistance fighters. With the city's studios destroyed, Rosselini was forced to shoot his film in the streets on stock that was purchased bit by bit, then taped together. It was shot almost immediately after the city was liberated from the Germans while the Germans still occupied the streets.

The result is a film of historic importance, the first of the great Italian Neo-realist films (followed by Paisan, The Bicycle Thief, Shoeshine, I Vitteloni, and Umberto D). These films were characterized by the use of non-professional actors, natural lighting, location shooting, the desire to get closer to everyday reality, and the struggle for dignity of the masses of people. Open City, despite its bleak World War II setting, remains hopeful. This hope for the future is symbolized by the children and is also expressed by Francesco as he talks to Pina (Anna Magnani) in the flats, "We must believe it, we must want it,, We musn't be afraid because we are on the just path. We're fighting for something that must come. It may be long.it may be difficult, but there'll be a better world."

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