Rome, Open City
aka Roma, città aperta
Reviewed in February 2010
Director: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Anna Magnani, Francesco Grandjacquet, Harry Feist, Maria Michi, Vito Annichiarico, Carla Rovere, Giovanna Galletti, Nando Bruno, Joop van Hulzen, Ákos Tolnay, Eduardo Passarelli, Carlo Sindici, Alberto Tavazzi. Screenplay: Sergio Amidei and Federico Fellini (based on a story by Sergio Amidei and Alberto Consiglio).

Photo © 1945 Minerva Film
239; Looking for Manfredi; divinding R into 14 sectoins; "I'm fond of pictures that catch people unaware" (German); 703; screams of the tortured; mind you, coffee in name only; Francesco and AM are marrying tomorrow; I don't get the Germans being enemies?; she's already pregnant; 500 men in the hills abvoe Tagliacozzo, we must not abandon them; Pietro truning naked status away from him, and Christ away from statue; 2248; 2820; Pietro: Are we sure we have deserved Him? ...We have so much to be forgiven for; AM looks at Nazi occupiers and wants to smash their faces in; 3232; 3247; 4058; 2735; the Germans and fasicts are srroudning th building; 5551; AM shot at 5640; (+ snipers on trucks, captives' release with uns - end of Pt. 1); He's excited that his ID as "Giovanni Episcopo" makes him 2years younger; Boy giving Francesco Mom's knitted scarf as he heds out; police pull u pand grab Pietro and the others, but F is behind and avoids it; Marina rewarded with a fur coat after her info proves accurate for the arrest we've just seen; her mother, in the room full o fornate mirrors and fineries; is that her mother or a lesbian coptor-lover-controller?; 11518; long hallway of interrogation cells; "I know for a fact that you're a leader of the National Liberation Committee"; The "time-image" scenes in Rome are actually far outnumbered by the propaganda scenes of interiors: the homefront, the ideouts, the torture chambers; flamethrower!; Hartmann: "I drink every night to forget, but instead I remember.... killing, killing, killing! Erope strewne with corpses"; while in his eagel-winged trhone; Tortured to the point of complete physical numbness; 13046; "THIS is your love for your brother in Christ" - but he just smiles beatifically; "You tried to destroy his soul, but you only destroyed his body!" - the weeping priest; 13618; Dyke says: "Lock her up for a while, and then - "; death commemoratd as "Giovanni Episcopo," to prevent the creation of another martyr; Dyke takes the coat back off the fainted girl "for next time"; 13946; priest tied to a chair in the empty field; the kids from the apartment upstairs whistle at the fence just as Pietro is assassinated; 14039; in rhapsodic CU: "God, forgive them!"; musical explosion; the young kids walk home together; one arm around the other's shoulder, back toward Rome, Basilica in bg; A

Academy Award Nominations (1946):
Best Screenplay: Sergio Amidei & Federico Fellini

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize of the Jury
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review: Best Actress (Magnani); Best Foreign Language Film

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