Roma città aperta

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Roma città aperta

Rom, offene Stadt

Roberto Rossellini
I, 1946
102min, iOmdU

Bild: Cinémathèque suisse Bild: Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Roma città aperta

Roberto Rossellini
I, 1946
, 102min, iOmdU

Sat
16
Nov 19
20:30
Filmmuseum
Mon
02
Dec 19
18:30
Filmmuseum
Cast: 
Anna Magnani
Aldo Fabrizi
Marcello Pagliero
Maria Michi
Carla Rovere
Screenplay: 
Sergio Amidei
Federico Fellini
Ferruccio Disnan
Celeste Negarville
Roberto Rossellini
Camera: 
Ubaldo Arata
Editor: 
Eraldo Da Roma
Composer: 
Renzo Rossellini

Production: 
Excelsa Film
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
Print courtesy of Österreichisches Filmmuseum

On June 4, 1944, the Wehrmacht withdrew from Rome. Just two months later, Rossellini began to work on ROMA, CITTÀ APERTA, a film that started off as a failure, only to soon become a portentous synonym for Italian neorealism. This cinematic reaction to moments of dark history, barely one step in the past, was filmed in real streets and apartments and populated with a largely non-professional cast, people who were only yesterday still participating in or witnessing the events now being depicted. Desolation reigned on the set, as destroyed studios came together with abysmal film stock, a lack of money, primitive technology, and chaotic working conditions. Two professional actors found themselves surrounded by a lay collective made up of children, women, and apartment-block residents. All of this fanned a fierce wind of reality, which blows straight through ROMA, CITTÀ APERTA. A sense of vehement sympathy suffuses the subject matter: the first cinematic testimony to the resistenza and a homage to the partisan movement. In tribute to an “underground army” where Marxists and priests fought side by side, Rossellini forged a great drama of solidarity and unity beyond all borders and confines of society. Against fascism, forever and for all.