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Rome, Open City

Roma città aperta

Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Italy, 1945


In Rome during World War II, Nazis attempt to arrest resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi. As he seeks refuge with friends, he must find a way to flee the city and find safety from the Nazi regime.

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Rome, Open City Directed by Roberto Rossellini

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1946 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Festival

Academy Awards

1947 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay

Rossellini’s tense, bloody, death-haunted film conjures an authenticity that’s based less on its quasi-documentary style than on a vision that brings ideas to life. The drama reveals a deep grid of underlying connections: the unity of Communists and nationalists against the German occupation and their Italian Fascist allies, and the popular legitimacy of the resistance. It offers a template for a postwar renewal of Italy, as well as of Italian cinema.
October 26, 2016
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The postwar context was a time of major transition for the Italian woman and as a result, women were often prescribed contradictory roles with conflicting expectations. Although the female struggle is marginalized by directors like Rossellini, their characters exceed their creators and prove to be diverse, controversial, and essential to an understanding of Italian neorealism.
November 24, 2015
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Much of the power of Rome Open City comes from the mastery of the staging, a mastery that comes in part from simplifying and orchestrating the principal points of dramatic interest for maximal effect.
April 01, 2015
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