Roma, cittā aperta (Open City) (1946)

Roma, cittā aperta (Open City) (1946)

Roma, cittā aperta (Open City)



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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini
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On DVD: Oct 15, 1997
Criterion Collection

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Critic Reviews for Roma, cittā aperta (Open City)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock.

Full Review… | February 19, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Today it doesn't feel like a documentary at all. It's a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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A classic of historic importance.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Toronto Star
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Roberto Rossellini's film owes part of its emotional power to its mixture of politico-religious symbolism and quotidian humor.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Roma, cittā aperta (Open City)


This quintessential classic of neorealism is an unsettling and hard-hitting portrait of an era, shot in a gritty documentary-like style and with a gallery of fascinating characters that represent, each one of them, a facet of Roman society under Nazi German occupation.

Carlos Magalhães

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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 :)

Stella Dallas

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

Aj V

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