You are here

schedule

  • Friday, October 14

    8:15 PM (100 mins)
    BAMPFA

    Buy Tickets
  • Thursday, October 27

    7 PM (100 mins)
    BAMPFA

    Buy Tickets

Rome Open City

(Roma, città aperta)

Digital Restoration

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

featuring

Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi,

A wartime bread-riot: Pina (Magnani) stoops to pick up a loaf. “You?” a man asks. “Should I starve?” she says. Then she gives him the bread; he shouldn’t starve either. The raw courage, and raw terror, of individuals caught up in the implicit violence of life under fascism is made explicit in Rome Open City. Pina is the pregnant lover of a Resistance worker; the priest who is to marry them “tomorrow,” Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi), runs errands for the underground. Magnani’s portrait—proud, plebeian, sardonic—struck a chord, as if a human being had never been captured on film before.

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Sergio Amidei
  • Federico Fellini
  • Roberto Rossellini
Based On
  • A story by Amidei, Alberto Consiglio, Rossellini

Cinematographer
  • Ubaldo Arata
Language
  • Italian
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 100 mins