Italian Film Festival

Roma città aperta

Info: Italy, 1945, 105 mins, DCP, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Roberto Rossellini

Cast: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Harry Feist


  • Saturday January 6, 2018 - 5:00 pm

"A world cinema landmark, but that dusty, respectful word does not do justice to a film that has not lost its power to surprise and even shock." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"Handheld cameras tremble with the urgency of open wounds and violent emotion in Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 drama of the Italian resistance to the capital’s occupation by Nazi Germany." Richard Brody, New Yorker

Christened “the father of modern film” by Cahiers du cinema, Roberto Rossellini cracked open cinema with the revelatory Rome Open City in 1945. Initially setting out to make a documnentary about a priest in the Resistance, the project evolved as the underground war raged on. A Communist leader hides out from the Nazis, but the stakes are life and death for anyone who gives him aid. Made under the strictures of the Occupation, this landmark film is a searing political melodrama and an authentic record of a particular time and place.