Rome, Open City

TitleRome, Open City
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1945
AuthorsRossellini, Roberto
Running Time103 min
Date Released09/1945
DistributorMinerva Film SPA
Publication Languageitalian, german, latin

In one of the first neorealist films, director Roberto Rossellini turned his camera on a still war-ravaged Rome to tell the story of the Italian Resistance in World War II. Giorgio, a communist engineer, and Don Pietro, a Catholic priest, are on the run from the Gestapo when Giorgio's former girlfriend turn them in. Gestapo officers torture and then kill both men. 


Aldo Fabrizi

Anna Magnani

Marcello Pagliero


Produced by Giuseppe Amato, Ferruccio De Martino, Roberto Rossellini, and Rod E. Geiger

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

Written by Sergio Amidei and Federico Fellini

Cinematography by Ubaldo Arata

Edited by Eraldo Da Roma

Music by Renzo Rossellini


War, Drama, Thriller

Original PublicationRoma città aperta
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The uneven quality of the processing and multiple types of film stock reflected how war caused the collapse of the film  industry. Principal photograph began in January 1945.

Part of Roberto Rossellini's War trilogy. The first part of the trilogy followed by Paisan and Germany, Year Zero.


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