Watching Roberto Rossellini’s ROME OPEN CITY is a devastating experience. Seeing humanity at its worst, in Nazi occupied Rome, it is hard to put yourself into the shoes of those who lived through the experience. However the shooting style of the film and the universality of the human indignity make the film’s message reach even those who have never experienced war first hand.
Tag: Rome Open City
Written by Jason Haas
Italy, 1945. 100 min. Excelsa Films.
Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico; Cinematography: Ubaldo Arata; Produced by: Giuseppe Amato, Ferruccio De Martino, Roberto Rossellini; Written by: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini; Directed by: Roberto Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini is commonly regarded as one of the true masters of Italian neo-realism, and Rome is oftenâ€”though erroneouslyâ€”pointed to as the first neorealist film.Â While Rossellini was certainly working towards an aesthetic of realism, Rome is not his most representative neorealist workâ€”melodramatic and propagandistic in places, it undermines its ability to depict the life of the average person.Â Nevertheless, with Rome, Open City, Rossellini paved the way for the more immediate, raw aesthetic that has come to define the field of independent cinema.