Open City (1946)
Critic 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.
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as Giorgio Manfredi
as Don Pietro Pellegrini
as Maj. Bergmann
as Marcello Pina's Son
as Police Superintendent
as Chief of Police
as Austrian Deserter
Critic Reviews for Open City
The neo-realist film's genius lies in a slow undertow, inexorably dragging the audience from laughter to tears.
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.
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.
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.
Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking.
Audience Reviews for Open City
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 gallery of fascinating characters that represent, each of them, a facet of Roman society under Nazi German occupation.
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 circumstances shortly after rome's liberation and still thrilling to watch, the film follows resistance fighters and ordinary people trying to get on with their lives in the wake of nazi occupation. the criterion edition with high def digital transfer looks terrific. if you've tried watching this before but was put off by poor picture quality and bad subtitles check it out now :)
A great early Italian Neo-Realism film, a must see.
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