Rome, Open City
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Italy. 1945. NR. 1 hour 43 minutes. Janus. Digital Restoration.
Sun., March 3, 2019
During the Nazi occupation of Rome, a resistance fighter Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) tries to avoid capture by the Nazis with the help of a priest (Aldo Fabrizi) and a pregnant widow (Anna Magnani). Rome, Open City is one of the earliest entries in the Italian neorealist movement which focused on the working class/poor, filmed on location instead of studios, and often employed non-professional actors to achieve a more authentic representation of life in war-torn and post-war Italy. Harrowing and heartbreaking, Rome, Open City is a tribute to bravery and humanity amid the most challenging times.