Rome, Open City (Roma, Città Aperta)
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Screenplay: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini
Cinematographer: Ubaldo Arata
Music: Renzo Rossellini
Producer: Giuseppe Amato, Ferruccio De Martino, Roberto Rossellini
Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero
1945 / Italy / B&W / 100min / 35mm
In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles
Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival 1946
A landmark piece of Neo-realism (though Visconti’s Obsession came earlier), Rossellini was already an established filmmaker in the days of Mussolini. Right after the end of the war, he immediately made a film about the tragic struggles of the Italian people against Nazism, and placed the Catholic Church on the same front with the Communists, aspiring the unity of Italian people. Despite a shortage of resources and available camera negatives, its visuals still immediately captivated the world’s audiences. Superstar Ingrid Bergman wrote to Rossellini and asked for collaboration, sparked off one of the biggest affair in cinema history.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
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