Rome, Open City

Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (Roma città aperta), re-released March 7, was considered to be the first Neorealist film of the most notable era of the Italian cinema and a precursor of the French New Wave.

Jean-Luc Godard wrote: “All roads lead to Rome, Open City.” But, in fact, this highly emotional melodrama was a transitional film, coming between the dramatic certainties of Hollywood and the old Italian cinema and an entirely new concept of how films should be made.

Rome, Open City is re-released Friday March 7 and showing at BFI Southbank, Curzon Mayfair, and other cinemas.

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