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Rome, Open City (1945)

Roma città aperta (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | 8 October 1945 (Italy)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins. See more awards »

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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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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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Rossellini's Great Film of Our Time

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the French-dubbed version a few characters were given Gallic names: Anna Magnani (Anne-Marie), Maria Michi (Monique Martin), Francesco Grandjacquet (François), Vito Annichiarico (Marcel), Carla Rovere (Laurette), Nando Bruno (Augustin). See more »

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Night Patrolman: She came looking for help. The Gestapo had hauled in her fiancé. "Don't worry. I'll take care of it," I told her. What a pair of legs!
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Referenced in We, the Women (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Mallinata Fiorentina
Composed by Giovanni D'Anzi
Lyrics by Michele Galdieri (as Galdieri)
(1941)
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Rossellini Makes It Real
3 April 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In Axis-controlled Rome, a strong-willed priest Aldo Fabrizi (as Pietro Pellegrini) plans to officiate the marriage of matronly and pregnant Anna Magnani (as Pina) while assisting a resistance leader Marcello Pagliero (as Giorgio Manfredi) hunted by the Nazis. This neo-realistic classic has shown its seams, over the years; in my most recent viewing, the soundtrack music, while not bad in itself, would have added much by its exclusion. Still, this is a powerful drama, with chilling last scenes involving the principal characters that do not diminish in their intensity. This was widely considered the best foreign language film of the year, by which time director Roberto Rossellini had released the similarly acclaimed "Paisan" (1946).

******** Roma, citta aperta (9/27/45) Roberto Rossellini ~ Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | Latin

Release Date:

8 October 1945 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,712
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Production Co:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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