Rome, open city (Roma citt√† aperta)

rome-open-city-posterItalian black and white war drama from 1945.
Starring: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Writers: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Alberto Consiglio
Bechdel test: Pass


Giorgio Manfredi is part of the resistance during the Nazi occupation of Rome. He searches for a place to hide and not put anyone else at risk.


“Rome, open city” was made just after the war ended and I assume the story and visuals are quite close to reality. That is maybe the most interesting part of this movie. Not that the rest is bad, but I was fascinated by seeing Rome in 1945 and how someone from this time would tell a story about the war.


With this month’s focus on how scenes come together to tell the story and makes shifts in the plot line, I think this movie does a great job in this way. The long scenes bring changes in the tension and ups the stakes, while shorter scenes sets up these longer ones. Maybe that is what I will see in most movies, but in this first one where I focus a little on this, that is what I noticed.

The story it self in “Rome, open city” is a little predictable, but shows well different fates of resistance fighters from many places in Europe, and maybe elsewhere. The acting was also good, but a little stereotypical. I am starting to see a trend in acting. It was a little bit more dramatic and stereotypical during the 30’s to 50’s, so that might be why I find the acting a bit larger than life.


I liked the movie, but mostly because I was fascinated by the smaller scenes and their glimpses of daily life and scenery of Rome during the war.¬† It wasn’t as good as the different best movies ever list implies, but still not a waste of time.


Don’t think I would recommend “Rome, open city”, it was a little too obvious.

Over to you

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Tomorrow’s movie is “Roman holiday“. Get some more information about this movie and the other movies on my watch list this week on the upcoming movies page. If you’re new to this site and are wondering why I’m watching a movie every day for a year, read more about my experiment.

Until next time; live long and prosper.