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Rome, Open City (1945)

Roma città aperta (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 8 October 1945 (Italy)
During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (screenplay) (as A. Amidei), Federico Fellini (collaboration on screenplay) (as F. Fellini) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aldo Fabrizi ... Don Pietro Pellegrini
Anna Magnani ... Pina
Marcello Pagliero Marcello Pagliero ... Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
Vito Annichiarico Vito Annichiarico ... Piccolo Marcello
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... Agostino the Sexton
Harry Feist Harry Feist ... Major Bergmann
Giovanna Galletti ... Ingrid
Francesco Grandjacquet Francesco Grandjacquet ... Francesco
Eduardo Passarelli Eduardo Passarelli ... Neighborhood Police Sergeant (as Passarelli)
Maria Michi ... Marina Mari
Carla Rovere Carla Rovere ... Lauretta
Carlo Sindici Carlo Sindici ... Police Commissioner
Joop van Hulzen Joop van Hulzen ... Captain Hartmann (as Van Hulzen)
Ákos Tolnay Ákos Tolnay ... Austrian Deserter (as A. Tolnay)
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | Latin

Release Date:

8 October 1945 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Rome, Open City See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Excelsa Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Selected by the Vatican in the "values" category of its list of 45 "great films." See more »

Quotes

Major Bergman: I've a man who must talk before dawn and a priest who is praying for him. He'll talk
Hartman: And if not?
Major Bergman: Ridiculous.
Hartman: And if not?
Major Bergman: 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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Masterpiece of the Italian Neo-Realism
2 April 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

During the Nazi occupation of Rome, the resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferrari (Marcello Pagliero) is chased by the Gestapo. His friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacquet), who is going to marry the widow Pina (Anna Magnani), together with the priest Don Pietro Pellegrini (Aldo Frabrizi) help him to get a new identity and leave Rome. However, Manfredi is betrayed by his lover Marina Mari (Maria Michi) and arrested by the Germans.

"Roma, Città Aperta" is among the best movies of the cinema history, but in accordance with IMDb criteria, it is not listed in IMDb Top 250. This masterpiece is a milestone of the Italian Neo-Realism and was filmed by Roberto Rossellini when the economical and social structure of Italy was completely destroyed due to the World War II. Rossellini did not have money even to buy the negatives, which were given by his friends. He used ordinary people and real locations to shot the film, making a very authentic and realistic movie as if it were a documentary, and the negatives were only revealed in the end of the shootings. The Brazilian DVD released by Versatil distributor offers many Extras, including a magnificent documentary about the life of Roberto Rossellini. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Roma, Cidade Aberta" ("Rome, Open City")


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