Rome, Open City ()

Roma città aperta (original title)
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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.


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Don Pietro Pellegrini
Marcello Pagliero ...
Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
Vito Annichiarico ...
Piccolo Marcello
Nando Bruno ...
Agostino the Sexton
Harry Feist ...
Major Bergmann
Francesco Grandjacquet ...
Eduardo Passarelli ...
Neighborhood Police Sergeant (as Passarelli)
Marina Mari
Carla Rovere ...
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

Written by

Sergio Amidei ... (screenplay)
Federico Fellini ... (collaboration on screenplay) &
Roberto Rossellini ... (collaboration on screenplay)
Sergio Amidei ... (story)
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)

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 (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Sergio Amidei ... assistant director
Federico Fellini ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alessandro Biancani ... audio restorer
Raffaele Del Monte ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Vincenzo Seratrice ... camera operator

Music Department

Luigi Ricci ... orchestra conductor

Other crew

Vincenzo Genesi ... laboratory manager: Tecnostampa (as V. Genesi)
Jone Tuzi ... continuity (as J. Tuzzi)
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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Plot Summary

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 such work as being in the name of God. Don Pietro's position also provides him with access to where others are not able. Giorgio's girlfriend, Marina, a cabaret performer, doesn't even know where Giorgio is in hiding. Both Pina and Marina take measures to improve their lives under this difficult situation, those actions in combination which have tragic consequences. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Rome, Open City (United States)
  • Rome, Open City (World-wide, English title)
  • Rome, ville ouverte (France)
  • Rom, offene Stadt (Germany)
  • Roma, ciudad abierta (Spain)
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  • 103 min
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Trivia Roberto Rossellini and Sergio Amidei took their inspiration from two real-life people, Pina from Teresa Gullace, a Roman woman killed on a street on 3 March 1944, and Manfredi from Cesare Negarville, a partisan that Amidei had hidden at his home during the War. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985). See more »
Soundtracks Mallinata Fiorentina See more »
Quotes Major Bergman: Then I'll tell you who he is. He's subversive, he's fought with the Reds in Spain. His life is dedicated to fighting society, religion. He is an atheist... your enemy...
Don Pietro: I am a Catholic priest. I believe that those who fight for justice and truth walk in the path of God and the paths of God are infinite
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