Open City

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Released 1945

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Director:
Roberto Rossellini
Released:
1945
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Open City (Roma, citt' apart) is a 1945 drama film which documents the lives of several people as they face Nazi forces in a fascist Italy. The film was written by perennial filmmaker Federico Fellini and directed by Roberto Rossellini. Rossellini enlisted actors, and non-actors to portray simple stories of the familial struggles endured by many in the face of mass oppression. Moreover, the film is lauded for its candid, and earnest depiction of life for the poorer classes in Italy during World War II. The film includes breathtaking, cinema verite-like performances by Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annicchiarico, Nando Bruno, Harry Feist, Giovanna Galleti, and Francesco Grandjacquet. However, what is primarily most shocking about this film is that it was made while the Nazis still occupied Italy in 1945. Cinematically, Rome Open City not only started a movement among filmmakers known as neorealism, it also introduced America to international film. Roberto Rossellini was awarded the Grande Prize of the Festival Award at Cannes in 1946 for his unrivaled work. A definite must see!moreless

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Drama

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Family Dramas