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Rome, Open City [VHS] [1945]

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  • Actors: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Alberto Consiglio, Federico Fellini, Sergio Amidei
  • Producers: Roberto Rossellini, Ferruccio De Martino, Giuseppe Amato
  • Format: Full Screen, Black & White, Mono, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Connoisseur
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CNH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,573 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 26 Dec 2001
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Rosselini's film is not only a formative example of Italian Neo-Realism, but a stunning War Film made- in a guerilla style, from any available filmstocks- from & in the ashes of Fascist Italy.
Its influence can be detected in such films as 'Paths of Glory' & 'Schindler's List'. The story, based on truth, is melodramatic- but the human qualities shine through. The children's faces in the final scene, the collaborater who gains a furcoat for her troubles (temporarily), the tortures inflicted. The Priest-protaganists unwaivering Faith...This is a film that EVERYONE should see and shows, CLEARLY, the human cost of War. It still stands, after all this time, as a cinematic achievment and one of the best War Films ever produced.
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