Sunday, November 30

Special Engagements Archive

Rome, Open City

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New Digital Restoration! New Translation!

Special Engagement November 28–30

Roma città aperta (1945) dir Roberto Rossellini w/Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero [103 min; DCP; in Italian and German with English subtitles]
One of the key films of the Italian Neo-Realist movement, ROME OPEN CITY is finally available in a newly restored version thanks to Janus Films. Shot on the streets of Rome just months after the Allies forced the Nazis from the city, this masterpiece is one of the finest ‘ground level’ war films ever made. Rossellini follows several characters whose lives intertwine as they try to survive the occupation without submitting to it.

“OPEN CITY’s documentary look and still hair-raising violence rocked audiences and critics around the world, making Neo-Realism, Rossellini, and Magnani world-famous… For years seen only in beat-up copies with hopelessly inadequate subtitles, this new restoration conveys the full meaning (and even the humor) of the dialogue for the very first time.” – Film Forum, NYC

“The most precious moment of film history!” – Martin Scorsese

“In ROME OPEN CITY, the settings, the social movements, and the characters’ experiences are all grounded in the war that was still a fresh wound. There is no comfort in telling yourself “it is only a film” because the style of the film does not afford you that comfort.” – Deirdre Crimmins, Brattle Film Notes


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