- 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)
Rome, Open City [DVD] 
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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?
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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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 ...
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather strange concept well filmed . It make me consider who are those Bad guys?Published on 21 Jun. 2015 by Zdenek Hanzlik
This is NOT a rating for this film quite the opposite. This is purely for this version of the film. DO NOT BUY THIS DISC. Missing subtitles and very poor image. Read morePublished on 19 May 2015 by DMarsh
A classic film. Worth watching. Arrives on time, good condition etc.Published on 15 Nov. 2014 by Senior spacegirl
Awesome film, I really enjoyed it. Quick delivery and the item was in perfect condition.Published on 26 Sept. 2014 by V. streymoy
Very much enjoyed this movie. It captured the reality of what was happening in Rome at the time of its occupation by the GermansPublished on 5 May 2014 by Woodpecker