Roma, cittą aperta (Open City) (1946)
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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.
Feb 25, 1946 Wide
Oct 15, 1997
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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.
Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.
The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.
Remains a film of electric drama and high emotion, as well as a major turning point in film history.
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.
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.
Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking.
Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war.
[Rossellini's] towering melodrama set during the Nazi occupation of the Italian capital, in the grinding endgame of the Second World War.
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.
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
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...
(T)hese moments are so powerful that its easy to understand the effusive rhetoric the film has inspired.
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.
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
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.
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