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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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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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Marcello Pagliero
as Giorgio Manfredi
Aldo Fabrizi
as Don Pietro Pellegrini
Harry Feist
as Maj. Bergmann
Vito Annichiarico
as Marcello Pina's Son
Carla Revere
as Lauretta
Nando Bruno
as Agostino
Carlo Sindici
as Police Superintendent
C. Sindici
as Chief of Police
Akos Tolnay
as Austrian Deserter
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Critic Reviews for Open City

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

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

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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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.

October 26, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

February 19, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

October 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Aldo Fabrizi excels as the courageous priest and there are few films that have a finale as heartbreaking.

March 7, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The torture and execution scenes are harrowing and moving.

March 6, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 :)

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

A great early Italian Neo-Realism film, a must see.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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