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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
27 September 1945 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
The location: Nazi occupied Rome. As Rome is classified an open city, most Romans can wander the streets... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins See more »
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(59 articles)
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Powerful Portrayal of Dignity and Courage See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Aldo Fabrizi ... Don Pietro Pellegrini

Anna Magnani ... Pina
Marcello Pagliero ... Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
Vito Annichiarico ... Piccolo Marcello
Nando Bruno ... Agostino the Sexton
Harry Feist ... Major Bergmann
Giovanna Galletti ... Ingrid
Francesco Grandjacquet ... Francesco
Eduardo Passarelli ... Neighborhood Police Sergeant (as Passarelli)
Maria Michi ... Marina Mari
Carla Rovere ... Lauretta
Carlo Sindici ... Police Commissioner
Joop van Hulzen ... Captain Hartmann (as Van Hulzen)
Ákos Tolnay ... Austrian Deserter (as A. Tolnay)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caterina Di Furia ... Woman in street scene (uncredited)
Laura Clara Giudice ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Turi Pandolfini ... Grandfather (uncredited)
Amalia Pellegrini ... Nannina (uncredited)
Spartaco Ricci ... Geman motorcyclist (uncredited)
Doretta Sestan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Alberto Tavazzi ... The Priest (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
 
Writing credits
Sergio Amidei  screenplay and
Federico Fellini  collaboration on screenplay &
Roberto Rossellini  collaboration on screenplay

Sergio Amidei  story and
Alberto Consiglio  additional material &
Roberto Rossellini  additional material

Produced by
Giuseppe Amato .... producer (uncredited)
Ferruccio De Martino .... producer (uncredited)
Rod E. Geiger .... producer (uncredited)
Roberto Rossellini .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
 
Cinematography by
Ubaldo Arata 
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Jolanda Benvenuti (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Rosario Megna 
 
Production Management
Ferruccio De Martino .... production manager
Mario Del Papa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergio Amidei .... assistant director
Federico Fellini .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Raffaele Del Monte .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Stefano Ballirano .... digital restoration supervisor (restored version)
Stefano Camberini .... digital restoration artist (restored version)
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... film recording (restored version)
Paolo Verrucci .... digital color grading restoration (restored version)
Stefanacci .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincenzo Seratrice .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Luigi Ricci .... orchestra conductor
 
Other crew
Vincenzo Genesi .... laboratory manager: Tecnostampa (as V. Genesi)
J. Tuzzi .... continuity
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Vito Annichiarico (uncredited)
Rosetta Calavetta .... voice dubbing: Carla Rovere (uncredited)
Gualtiero De Angelis .... voice dubbing: Francesco Grandjacquet (uncredited)
Pietro Di Donato .... subtitler: English (uncredited)
Lauro Gazzolo .... voice dubbing: Marcello Pagliero (uncredited)
Giulio Panicali .... voice dubbing: Harry Feist (uncredited)
Roswita Schmidt .... voice dubbing: Giovanna Galletti (uncredited)
Herman G. Weinberg .... subtitler: English (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Roma città aperta" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (cut) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (re-rating) (cut) | West Germany:(Banned) (1950-1961)

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Trivia:
Despite his name in the credits, Eraldo Da Roma did not edit this film, as he was in prison at the time. It was cut in very difficult conditions by Jolanda Benvenuti. This is what she reveals in Paolo Isaja and Maria Pia Melandri's documentary _Jolanda e Rossellini - Memorie indiscrete (1995)_.See more »
Quotes:
Hartman:25 years ago, I commanded firing squads in France. I was a young officer. I believed then, too, in a German "master-race." But the French patriots also died without talking. We Germans simply refuse to believe that people want to be free.
Major Bergman:[Taken aback] You're drunk, Hartman!
Hartman:Yes, I'm drunk... I get drunk every night to forget. It doesn't help. We can't get anywhere but kill, kill, kill! We have sown Europe with corpses... and from those graves rises an incredible hate... HATE!... everywhere hate! We are being consumed by hatred... without hope.
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49 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Powerful Portrayal of Dignity and Courage, 24 April 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Open City, a powerful Italian film directed by Roberto Rosselini in 1946, is a historically-based story of the Italian Resistance movement and its struggle against Nazi occupation. The film is a searing indictment of the Nazis and a powerful portrayal of the dignity and courage of the Italian Resistance fighters.

With the city's studios destroyed, Rosselini was forced to shoot his film in the streets on stock that was purchased bit by bit, then taped together. It was shot almost immediately after the city was liberated from the Germans while the Germans still occupied the streets. Naturally, the quality of the print (although on DVD) is limited by the kind of stock that had to be used. The resulting film, however, is unique and deeply moving, and is a film of historic importance.

Open City was the first of the great Italian Neo-realist films (followed by Paisan, The Bicycle Thief, Shoeshine, I Vitteloni, and Umberto D). These films were characterized by the use of non-professional actors, natural lighting, location shooting, the desire to get closer to everyday reality, and the struggle for dignity of the masses of people.

Though I strongly recommend this film, there are a few minor quibbles. The Nazi leaders are portrayed as homosexuals who are associated with a decadent life style. This is contrasted with the Resistance representing the church and the family. Though I do not grant the Nazis much in the way of humanity, I think these broad strokes only obscure rather than clarify. Likewise, there is an over- identification of the Resistance as Communist. Though the Communist Party made up a good part of the Resistance, it also included Christian Democrats and Socialists.

Open City, though depressing in its presentation, remains hopeful. This hope for the future is symbolized at the end of the film by the children making their way back down into the streets of Rome after witnessing an execution. This attitude is also expressed by Francesco as he talks to Pina (Anna Magnani) in the flats, "We must believe it, we must want it,, We musn't be afraid because we are on the just path.We're fighting for something that must come. It may be long..it may be difficult, but there'll be a better world."

56 years later, we're still waiting.

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