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Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta) (Italy, 1945);
Days of Glory (Giorni di gloria) (Italy, 1945)

Rome, Open City (1945)
October 15, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta) (Italy, 1945)

New print!

Directed by Roberto Rossellini

A dramatically contemporary film—shot when Germans still occupied north Italy and released only three weeks after World War II—this searing narrative about the Italian Resistance is an explosive mixture of artifice and actuality. A fighter’s fiancée (Magnani) and a devoted priest (Fabrizi) become unlikely leaders in the fight against fascism; the bombed locations and weary faces offer ongoing testament to their struggle.

Producer: Chiara Politi, Peppino Amato, Aldo Venturini, Rod E. Geiger. Screenwriter: Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini. Cinematographer: Ubaldo Arat. Editor: Eraldo Da Roma. Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno.

35mm, b/w, in Italian with English subtitles, 101 min.

Days of Glory (Giorni di gloria) (Italy, 1945)

Directed by Luchino Visconti, Marcello Pagliero, Giuseppe De Santis and Mario Serandrei

Produced for the Allies’ Psychological Warfare Branch, this devastating documentary about the German occupation of Rome and the Italian Resistance movement between 1943 and 1945 provides graphic insight into the violence and turmoil of the period during which the neo-realist impulse emerged as it exemplifies the movement’s aesthetic and moral imperatives.

Producer: Fulvio Ricci. Screenwriter: Umberto Calosso, Umberto Barbaro. Editor: Mario Serandrei, Carlo Alberto Chiesa.

35mm, b/w, in Italian with English subtitles, 70 min.