Roma, cittą aperta (Open City)
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Roma, cittą aperta (Open City)
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 War II.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The total effect of the picture is a sense of real experience, achieved as much by the performance as by the writing and direction."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The torture and execution scenes are harrowing and moving."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Made on a tiny budget with a largely non-professional cast and filmed on the streets where similar events had just occurred, the rawness of the movie give it an immediacy that still hits home."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Much is devastating -- but Rossellini found room, too, for the humour and warmth of everyday life."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Remains a film of electric drama and high emotion, as well as a major turning point in film history."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"An innovative fusion of documentary and melodrama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Roberto Rossellini's benchmark 1945 work of abrasive political realism presents a crumbling Rome that's been ravaged by war."
‑ Matthew Thrift, Little White Lies
"A galvanic document of human and filmic regeneration"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A classic of historic importance."
‑ , Toronto Star
"Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished audiences around the world and remains a masterpiece."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"[Rossellini's] towering melodrama set during the Nazi occupation of the Italian capital, in the grinding endgame of the Second World War."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"its rough, newsreel-like aesthetic gives the story's undeniably melodramatic tensions and clear-cut depictions of good and evil a sense of gritty reality and true gravity"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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