Open City
Open City (1946)

This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Rome Open City is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 1997
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life.

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Oleg Ivanov
Slant Magazine

Roberto Rossellini's film owes part of its emotional power to its mixture of politico-religious symbolism and quotidian humor.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Today it doesn't feel like a documentary at all. It's a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals.

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Toronto Star

A classic of historic importance.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

Ubaldo Arata's visceral cinematography blends the grit of a documentary with the heart and soul of a drama (Fellini collaborated on the screenplay) as the people of Rome wrestle with the constraints, compromises and collusions of life during wartime.

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Variety Staff

This much of the film is standard hero and villain stuff. But what makes picture good is the story of other characters involved in the tragedy.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

An innovative fusion of documentary and melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This quintessential classic of neorealism is an unsettling and hard-hitting portrait of an era, shot in a gritty documentary-like style and with a gallery of… More
Randy Tippy
Has to be one of the first post-war films to come out of Italy after WWII. In 1945 the Italians had every right to be anti-German, yet this film is less about… More
Stella Dallas
altho not the first nor the definitive neorealist film, it was the one that caught the world's attention. filmed in the streets under difficult… More
Chris Browning
"Rome Open City" is the first of Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy and is a stunning and realistic look at wartime Italy through the eyes of those… More
Aj V
A great early Italian Neo-Realism film, a must see.
Tom S.
What I'll remember about this one: The scenes with the kids, and the androgynous German villain duo. They both scared me. Plus there're some really… More