Saturday, June 16, 2012

OLDIE GOLDIES: Rome Open City (1945)

Here's a late edition of "Oldie Goldies" this week, with a look at a great piece of Italian neorealist cinema - "Rome Open City". This first film in Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy is nicely shot and features a really compelling story. It certainly deserved its Best Screenplay nomination for the 1947 Oscars.

Classic Quote
"Major Bergman: I've a man who must talk before dawn and a priest who is praying for him. He'll talk
Hartman: And if not?
Major Bergman: Ridiculous.
Hartman: And if not?
Major Bergman: Then it would mean an Italian is worth as much as a German. It would mean there is no difference in the blood of a slave race and a master race. And no reason for this war."

Classic Scene

Did you know?
This film is considered a quintessential example of neorealism in film, so much so that together with Paisà and Germania anno zero it is called Rossellini's "Neorealist Trilogy."

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