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Roma, cittą aperta (Open City)

Roma, cittą aperta (Open City) (1946)



Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Rome Open City is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II.

Oct 15, 1997

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

This much of the film is standard hero and villain stuff. But what makes picture good is the story of other characters involved in the tragedy.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A classic of historic importance.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Remains a film of electric drama and high emotion, as well as a major turning point in film history.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished audiences around the world and remains a masterpiece.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Ubaldo Arata's visceral cinematography blends the grit of a documentary with the heart and soul of a drama (Fellini collaborated on the screenplay) as the people of Rome wrestle with the constraints, compromises and collusions of life during wartime.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

An innovative fusion of documentary and melodrama.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

The torture and execution scenes are harrowing and moving.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

[Rossellini's] towering melodrama set during the Nazi occupation of the Italian capital, in the grinding endgame of the Second World War.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Made on a tiny budget with a largely non-professional cast and filmed on the streets where similar events had just occurred, the rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A galvanic document of human and filmic regeneration

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion

its rough, newsreel-like aesthetic gives the story's undeniably melodramatic tensions and clear-cut depictions of good and evil a sense of gritty reality and true gravity

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Roberto Rossellini had been a journeyman director working within Mussolini's Italian film industry when he redefined his career and all but inaugurated the neo-realist movement...

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source:

(T)hese moments are so powerful that its easy to understand the effusive rhetoric the film has inspired.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Sixty years on, it packs a punch.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The true "realism" comes from within the film and from the sense of artists banded together to make something because they had something to say.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Announcing the arrival of a new, revolutionary paradigm, Italian neorealism, Rossellini's masterpiece shows the tension between his realistic docu-style and use of some melodramatic devices, but flaws are overcome by unified vision and political fervor

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Tthe lasting impact of Rossellini's work is incalculable.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Compelling as much for its wartime release date as its gripping subject, this is melodrama at its most justified with a great group of diverse and interesting characters and real sense of urgency.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stunned audiences the world over recognized in it an unmediated authenticity more evocative of the documentary quality of wartime newsreels than of conventional WWII dramas.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for Roma, cittą aperta (Open City)

altho not the first nor the definitive neorealist film, it was the one that caught the world's attention. filmed in the streets under difficult circumstances shortly after rome's liberation and still thrilling to watch, the film follows resistance fighters and ordinary people trying to get on with their lives in the wake of nazi occupation. the criterion edition with high def digital transfer looks terrific. if you've tried watching this before but was put off by poor picture quality and bad subtitles check it out now :)
November 22, 2010
Stella Dallas

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A great early Italian Neo-Realism film, a must see.
October 18, 2010

Super Reviewer

Has to be one of the first post-war films to come out of Italy after WWII. In 1945 the Italians had every right to be anti-German, yet this film is less about that than it is an homage to the men, women and children who fought against occupation in the underground resistance movement. A fantastic film.
October 11, 2009
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

"Rome Open City" is the first of Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy and is a stunning and realistic look at wartime Italy through the eyes of those that lived it. It's one of the most influential and prolific of all the Italian neorealist films and a tremendous show of bravery by all involved in the creation of the film. Rossellini who was aided by Fellini and Amidei making the screenplay had to film in secret using scavenged film stock and no sound equipment due to the Germans and was filmed in Rome shortly before its liberation. The realities of war are terrifying and realistic and don't always end happily. "Rome Open City" preserves a time and place and helped found a powerful and beautiful style of cinema that continues inspiring and capturing the hearts and souls of all those who see it! A masterpiece that shouldn't be missed.
December 5, 2011
Chris Browning

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