Film Series: Rome, Open City

1945. Italy. Dir: Roberto Rossellini. With Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani. 105 min.

The most heralded of Rossellini’s “War Trilogy” – which collectively laid the foundation of Neorealist cinema – spins a powerful saga of resistance in Nazi-occupied Rome. With the help of a loyal priest, a network of friends and family struggle to avoid the relentless Gestapo and their torture-happy commander, finding hope and despair amidst the bleak Roman rubble.

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