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Open City (1946)

Open City (1946)

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Critic Consensus: Open City fills in the familiar contours of its storyline with three-dimensional characters and a narrative depth that add up to a towering -- and still powerfully resonant -- cinematic achievement.

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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:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Runtime:
Studio:
Criterion Collection

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Cast

Marcello Pagliero
as Giorgio Manfredi
Maria Michi
as Marina
Aldo Fabrizi
as Don Pietro Pellegrini
Harry Feist
as Maj. Bergmann
Vito Annichiarico
as Marcello Pina's Son
Carla Revere
as Lauretta
Nando Bruno
as Agostino
Carlo Sindici
as Police Superintendent
Joop van Hulzen
as Hartmann
Akos Tolnay
as Austrian Deserter
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Critic Reviews for Open City

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (9)

Handheld cameras tremble with the urgency of open wounds and violent emotion in Roberto Rossellini's 1945 drama of the Italian resistance to the capital's occupation by Nazi Germany.

Full Review… | October 26, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Variety
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
Top Critic

A classic of historic importance.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Open City

½

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
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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