Open City (1945)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Roma, Citta Aperta

Italy, 1945.  Excelsa Film.  Story and Screenplay by , with collaboration by , Roberto Rossellini, additional material by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1946.

Roberto Rossellini’s devastating account of a ravaged, post-war Italy is as heartbreaking today as it ever was. Anna Magnani is terrific as a hard-working mother whose experiences surviving Gestapo-controlled Rome is the focus of the film. The script was co-written by Federico Fellini (yet to direct his first feature), and is a powerful example of neo-realism.

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