Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Writers Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and Sergio Amidei
Acclaimed as "Europe's first post-war masterpiece" (The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers), and winner of the Best Picture award at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival, Roberto Rossellini's Open City (Roma, Città Aperta) stars the incomparable Anna Magnani (The Golden Coach) and Aldo Fabrizi as an impoverished mother-to-be and a parish priest whose loyalties are tested by the sinister German forces that occupy their homeland during World War II.
Filmed on the streets of Rome in the first weeks of the Allied liberation and employing a number of non-actors in supporting roles, Open City placed itself at the vanguard of the Italian neorealist movement, brilliantly evoking the conflicting feelings of weary despair and steely determination that bound together the embattled partisan resistance in the face of certain death.
Yet it was not merely the proximity to the actual events that made Rossellini's film so spellbinding, but the director's sure-handed blend of gentle humor and terrifying violence, a melding of documentary-style camerawork with other, more boldly melodramatic ingredients to create a charismatic milestone of raw emotional force that stands virtually unchallenged to this day.
"You will seldom see as pure freshness and vitality in a film...The best movie of the year and one of the best and most heartening in many years" - James Agee, The Nation
RT' @r_emmet': Thrilled to announce that' @KinoLorber's' 2K restoration of Variety (overseen by director Bette Gordon from the original 16mm ca…
RT' @akstanwyck': How Virtual Cinema Will Help Arthouse Theaters Reopen Nationwide' https://t.co/1kAg8vwTl0' via' @indiewire'
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming September 29th! The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) • NEW Audio Commentary by Star Chick Vennera & Film Historian…
RT' @DVDBeaver': István Szabó's "Mephisto" Blu-ray - Klaus Maria Brandauer' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/DbTU1vLhS2' CA:' https://t.co/AdrgzA7Xw…'
David Thewlis gives a "tour-de-force" (@screendaily) performance in Atom Egoyan's GUEST OF HONOUR, which also stars…' https://t.co/G0oJLHG66F'
@SaltpeterJohn 🤣🤣🤣 Didn't you see the giant burst on the cover? "The same great hard-coded Russian subs you love, j…' https://t.co/jd3RAngWuY'
George Cukor was #BornOnThisDay in 1899. He enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with Katharine Hepburn and we…' https://t.co/iToZa9mi5Q'
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming September 29th! Gotcha! (1985) • NEW Audio Commentary by Director Jeff Kanew • NEW Audio Commentary by Enterta…
RT' @DVDBeaver': OUT TUESDAY: The Flesh and the Fiends [Blu-ray] (John Gilling, 1960)' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/87pXgc3b3k' CAN: https://…
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.