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: February 25, 1946
DVD Release Date: October 15, 1997
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Consensus: Open City fills in the familiar contours of its storyline with three-dimensional characters and a narrative depth that add up to a towering -- and still powerfully resonant -- cinematic achievement.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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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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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The neo-realist film's genius lies in a slow undertow, inexorably dragging the audience from laughter to tears.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

he started working... before Rome fell to the Allies and shot his drama of partisans fighting the Germans and the Italian Fascists in the streets of the liberated city, amidst the poverty and devastation and uncertainty of the future.

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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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Virginia Graham
The Spectator

Written in desperate circumstances during the occupation and filmed soon after the liberation, it has all too skilfully trapped in the camera lens the atmosphere as well as a picture of those hideous times.

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Carlos Magalh„es
This quintessential classic of Italian Neorealism is an unsettling and hard-hitting portrait of an era, shot in a gritty documentary-like style and with a… 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