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Rome, Open City [DVD] [1945]

4.1 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002X9CIZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,623 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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Rossellini's study of resistance, shot in war-ravaged Rome in 1945, is a masterpiece.***** --Mark Kermode, Observer

A thrillingly real drama about events fresh in the mind. ***** --Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Robert Rossellini's post-war melodrama is an uncompromising vision of a proud city in desperate times. ***** --Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Very great Italian war movie. Really must see picture.
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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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I've bought, first The Amazon.co.uk 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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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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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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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 uncompromising narrative making it one of the first (and one of the most compelling) of the Italian neo-realist films. The film's outstanding cinematic qualities are, of course, all the more remarkable given the tortuous process Rossellini had to go through to secure funding for the film and that the director in the main cast novice actors for his film. By contrast, Rossellini was no doubt on a firmer footing with his principal production collaborators for the film, his brother Renzo composing the film's by turns rousing and haunting score, and veteran cinematographer Ubaldo Arata providing the film's innovative and evocative visual feel.

Rossellini's tale of a war torn city under occupation, as the local resistance force struggles against the Nazis, is hardly original fare (great films on similar themes set in Morocco, France and Poland spring immediately to mind), but Rome, Open City is notable for its unflinching, even brutal, treatment of the horrors of war. This is a city in which black market operation (storming the bakery for much needed supplies) is big business and where the local populace dream of the arrival of the Americans, but also where their Nazi (and Italian collaborating) oppressors will frequently resort to torture to obtain details on Rome's resistance groups.
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