The location: Nazi occupied Rome. As Rome is classified an open city, most Romans can wander the streets without fear of the city being bombed or them being killed in the process. But life ... See full summary »
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The location: Nazi occupied Rome. As Rome is classified an open city, most Romans can wander the streets without fear of the city being bombed or them being killed in the process. But life for Romans is still difficult with the Nazi occupation as there is a curfew, basic foods are rationed, and the Nazis are still searching for those working for the resistance and will go to any length to quash those in the resistance and anyone providing them with assistance. War worn widowed mother Pina is about to get married to her next door neighbor Francesco. Despite their situation - Pina being pregnant, and Francesco being an atheist - Pina and Francesco will be wed by Catholic priest Don Pietro Pelligrini. The day before the wedding, Francesco's friend, Giorgio Manfredi, who Pina has never met, comes looking for Francesco as he, working for the resistance, needs a place to hide out. For his latest mission, Giorgio also requests the assistance of Don Pietro, who is more than willing as he sees... Written by
I've a man who must talk before dawn and a priest who is praying for him. He'll talk
And if not?
And if not?
Then it would mean an Italian is worth as much as a German. It would mean there is no difference in the blood of a slave race and a master race. And no reason for this war.
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Finally saw this great film by Roberto Rossellini and was blown away by it. Absolutely great, simple, brutal, honest. It was shown on Sundance Channel.
Filmed in 1945 in Rome just after the German occupation, Rossellini tells a simple tale of Italian Underground leaders hunted by the occupying Nazis.
A widow, Anna Magnani, is about to remarry but the man is using a false name because he is in the underground movement. A local priest (Aldo Fabrizi) tries to bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of the boys he watches over even though their lives have been destroyed by the war. Magnani's son is devoted to a one-legged boy who is also a rebel.
No special effects. No big budget. Only a few professional actors. Yet this is a powerful film and a great film in its very simplicity.
Two great scenes: when Magnani runs after the truck taking away her boyfriend and she is gunned down; when Fabrizi is tied to a chair and shot in the back by a German firing squad. Unforgettable.. This is a MUST SEE film.....
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