In conjunction with the exhibition NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960
Roma città aperta [Rome Open City]
(Italy, 1945, 103 min.)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Starring Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero
Introduced by Stefano Albertini, NYU
This harrowing 1945 drama by Roberto Rossellini centers on the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. The film stars Aldo Fabrizi as a partisan priest and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member. Conceived and directed amid the ruins of World War II, Rome Open City is a shockingly authentic experience, with war’s immediacy in every frame. A watershed in Italian cinema, with cinematography by Ubaldo Arata, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and planted the seeds of neorealism. Criterion Collection, 4K restoration.
Co-sponsored with Center for Applied Liberal Arts, School of Professional Studies; Grey Art Gallery. Co-presented by The Criterion Collection.