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Rome, Open City 1945

  • Roberto Rossellini
  • February 25, 1946
  • 100 mins
  • Italian
  • Drama, History
Powerful Portrayal of Dignity and Courage
Open City is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with it’s mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

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It's very chilling that the intensity of this film still exists almost 60 years later. Rossellini captures almost everything about that particular time period, all the struggles with the war and occupation and such very well. This for anyone studying neorealist cinema is both the best place to start and the most definitive example of it.

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