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Rome Open City (Roma Città Aperta)
This study examines Rome Open City and its place in Roberto Rossellini's career. The film is based on events that took place in Nazi occupied Italy 1944, one year before the film was made. The author argues that the film has value both as a commerorative piece and as a documentary record.
Paperback, 79 pages
Published December 27th 2000 by British Film Institute
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Another of the BFI series on film classics. Rossellini's Rome Open City was produced the year after the liberation of Rome, and presents a view of the city under the German Occupation at the beginning of 1944. Rossellini went on to be one of the founders of the school of filmmaking called "neo-realism" and this is often considered the first "neo-realist" film, although the author of this study prefers to call it a transitional work, which does not have all the features of the style. The book con ...more
If you haven't seen Rome Open City, yet, you gotta, you just gotta. All Italy came together to make it, the director teamed up with a whole bunch of Cinecitta people (Fellini, Pasolini, Anna Magnani) to contribute to it.
Rossellini sold pretty much everything he owned to pay for the celluloid to shoot the film, which was made during the Nazi occupation and takes raw, broad swipes at the Germans indeed while anyone who might have caught wind of its production might likely have been shot on sight ...more