Rome Open City

Rome Open City

Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1945 • Italy
Starring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero

This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the films that would follow it to form The War Trilogy and starring some well-known actors—Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member—ROME OPEN CITY is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.

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Rome Open City
  • Rome Open City

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1945 • Italy
    Starring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero

    This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the films t...

Extras

  • Roberto Rossellini on ROME OPEN CITY

    The following introduction to ROME OPEN CITY by Roberto Rossellini was made for French television in 1963.

  • Once Upon a Time . . . ROME OPEN CITY

    This 2006 documentary by Marie Genin and Serge July sheds light on ROME OPEN CITY, a groundbreaking film that came at just the right historical moment, and on the man behind it. Featured are rare archival material and footage of Roberto Rossellini’s family and collaborators, including Anna Magnan...

  • Adriano Aprà on ROME OPEN CITY

    Scholar Adriano Aprà has devoted much of his career to Roberto Rossellini, directing the 1992 film ROSSELLINI VISTO DA ROSSELLINI, editing the 1992 collection of Rossellini essays and interviews “My Method,” and writing the 2006 book “In viaggio con Rossellini.” This interview with Aprà, in which...

  • Rossellini and the City

    Mark Shiel is the author of “Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City.” In this 2009 video essay, he discusses Roberto Rossellini’s depiction of the urban settings in ROME OPEN CITY, PAISAN, and GERMANY YEAR ZERO.

  • Father Virgilio Fantuzzi on ROME OPEN CITY

    Recorded in 2009, this interview features Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, a film critic and a friend of director Roberto Rossellini’s, discussing Rossellini and the role of religion in ROME OPEN CITY.