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Open City Reviews

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August 3, 2017
he started working... before Rome fell to the Allies and shot his drama of partisans fighting the Germans and the Italian Fascists in the streets of the liberated city, amidst the poverty and devastation and uncertainty of the future.
October 26, 2016
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.
December 14, 2015
Written in desperate circumstances during the occupation and filmed soon after the liberation, it has all too skilfully trapped in the camera lens the atmosphere as well as a picture of those hideous times.
February 19, 2015
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.
October 31, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2014
Roberto Rossellini's film owes part of its emotional power to its mixture of politico-religious symbolism and quotidian humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 9, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 7, 2014
An innovative fusion of documentary and melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2014
Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 6, 2014
The torture and execution scenes are harrowing and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 6, 2014
Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 6, 2014
[Rossellini's] towering melodrama set during the Nazi occupation of the Italian capital, in the grinding endgame of the Second World War.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 3, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 8, 2012
A galvanic document of human and filmic regeneration
July 6, 2010
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.
February 5, 2010
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 27, 2010
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 17, 2010
(T)hese moments are so powerful that its easy to understand the effusive rhetoric the film has inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 29, 2006
Sixty years on, it packs a punch.
September 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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