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Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945]

Aldo Fabrizi , Anna Magnani , Roberto Rossellini    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002X9CIZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Roberto Rossellini directs this 1940s drama about the last days of the Nazi occupation of Italy during World War II. Resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero) flees the Gestapo and seeks a place to hide with the help of his friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacquet), his pregnant fiancée Pina (Anna Magnani) and the priest who is due to marry them, Don Pietro Pellegrini (Aldo Fabrizi). Giorgio's ex-girlfriend Marina (Maria Michi) betrays him and his fellow fighters to the Gestapo in order to get her hands on some luxury items and it's not long before the Nazis and the local police find him and Don Pietro. They are captured and tortured but will they crack under the pain or be executed for their silence?

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, poor DVD 10 Feb 2006
If you like world cinema and have an interest in film history then there's plenty to enjoy in this major work of Italian neorealism. But be warned, the picture quality is poor and there are large segments of dialogue which are not translated.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Important film let down by poor DVD quality 23 April 2007
It is difficult to convey how frustrating it was to watch this dvd. The print used is horrendous - jerky, washed out and full of crackles. The sound too is below acceptable standards. But worst of all, the subtitles are absent for a large part of the dialogue, leaving the viewer confused as to what is actually going on. Great films like this should be treated with much more respect.
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A letter in SIGHT AND SOUND, August 2005:
"Your review of the Region 2 DVD release of ROME, OPEN CITY (S&S JULY) fails to note some significant differences between it and the previously available VHS edition on Connoisseur.
This DVD release is remarkably similar to that currently available in the US, with all its faults. Its opening title card is the US-inspired OPEN CITY, not ROMA CITTA APERTA, nor is it laid over Rossellini's famous vista of the city with the prominent dome of St. Peter's and Rossellini's dedication. This is no mere detail, as the long shot of the city acts as a bookending device and gives weight to the resigned march of the urchins back to the city at the end of the picture. Moreover, a significant cut is made during Manfredi's torture scene which is present in the original European print as reproduced on the Connoisseur video. This cut significantly undermines the power of the sequence and its redemptive ending.
In short, this new release does not do justice to Rossellini's original. Until such time as a more complete original version is available, your readers should be aware of flawed attempts to present this great film's release on DVD as definitive."
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caution - genius at work 3 Aug 2005
Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977) entered the world of cinema by making propaganda films for Mussolini, an apprenticeship which would shape his perception of cinematography as an art form which must endeavour to cast off the hydra of State control and political manipulation.
"Roma, citta aperta" is seen as the birth of neorealist cinema - a form characterised by its humanism and attempt to deliver social reality, using authentic locations, handheld cameras, available light, and 'natural' performances from a largely amateur cast. It was the first in Rosselini's trilogy ("Rome, Open City", "Paisàn", and "Germany, Year Zero") exploring the effects of war, and is widely regarded both as his masterpiece and as a pillar of post-War European cinema.
Conceived and begun during the German occupation, while Rossellini was himself in hiding, "Rome, Open City" is set in Nazi-ruled Italy. It takes the camera out of the studio and onto the streets, capturing graphic, near documentary images and transporting the viewer into a world which is apparently real. There is none of Hollywood's glitz and glamour, here, but raw life and bitter social commentary.
German soldiers search for a resistance leader who had fought the Fascists in Spain and who has gone on to organise the underground in Italy. Lest we see this as a tale of good versus evil, Rossellini presents a naturalistic world of Rome, rife with black marketeers, food shortages, exploitation and manipulation, collaboration, and a priest who is evidently not enamoured of the Fascists and who is prepared to work with the communist resistance to defeat what he perceives as the greater evil.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable due to poor DVD transfer 2 Jan 2011
This DVD claims to be 'digitally restored' but, as others have pointed out, the quality of the transfer is atrocious. Of course 'digitally restored' could simply mean that the film has been 'restored' from celluloid to DVD -- it certainly doesn't seem to have had any proper restoration work done on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A customer 19 Feb 2010
I've bought, first The edition, and then the italian version which is surely very best.
This film is the ultimate expression of neorealism: Film Movement aims to return with great fidelity the tragic reality of the moment, through images and narrative. Intended to occupy a prominent place in film history mondiale.Roberto Rossellini turned "Rome, Open City" between 1944 and 1945 during the last months of World War, creating a masterpiece that is now recognized by all as a kind of movie -symbol of Neorealism. In a troubling climate of continuous raids during the Second World War, in a Rome starving destroyed by war and Nazi occupation in the dignity of a priest (Aldo Fabrizi a memorable), and in the name of freedom, it helps a partisan leader. But because of one infamous traitor, who is using drugs and who attends a long time environments of the "SS", everything falls ... and tragedy within the tragedy takes sopravvento.The film has a strong emotional charge, aligned perfectly with the harsh reality that has not left space unfortunately not even that thin thread of hope for an eventual rebirth and fed only a bitter illusion a better tomorrow. Hope, much sought-after (and wonderfully represented by the great Anna Magnani), but ruthlessly suppressed by atrocious reality. After "Rome, Open City, Rossellini completed the so-called" war trilogy "with" Paisà "(1946) and" Germany Year Zero "(1948) to see ... not to forget ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting WWII history.
A view of the problems caused by World War II in Italy.Starring Anna Magnani and a host of Italtian children.
Published 3 months ago by justin
4.0 out of 5 stars slightly censored version!
Excellent movie, the DVD transfer is ok. Due to the age of the film you can't expect todays quality. Unfortunately ARROW Films only released a cut version of the film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dr.foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment below
This feedback box is really really irritating. If I don't want to leave any written feedback, which i do not want to, i should not be forced to do so. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bob Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent humanist film
this arrived in excellent condition, well packaged and on time. I would use the seller again. thank you. Read more
Published 8 months ago by sarah waters fan north east
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary feel, exhilarating performances.
I cannot comment on the DVD quality, as my own copy is fine, but it is from a different company.

A film directed by Roberto Rossellini in 1945, at the very end of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rossellini's Wartime Resistance Masterpiece
This 1945 film directed by Roberto Rossellini is rightly acknowledged as a ground-breaking masterpiece, with its semi-documentary, hand-held camera shooting style and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars don't be put off
Yes ignore the carping - the odd line of dialogue is not translated but it's usually pretty clear what was meant and the story is perfectly clear. Read more
Published 13 months ago by phoenixsound
5.0 out of 5 stars Rossellini Invents Italian Neo-Realism on the Screen
"Rome: Open City," (1945), black and white, 100 minutes long, presents us with a classic of Italian cinema. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Good film and as described. Would have preferred this film also with Italian subtitles and the option to switch the English ones off, but that aside, excellent film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Francesca N
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome, Open City
Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945] Not seen for many years but the manner in which the very texture of war torn Rome is capture has almost a documentary like realism. Superb
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Olonzac
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