This harrowing 1945 drama by Roberto Rossellini centers on the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. The film stars Aldo Fabrizi as a partisan priest and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member. Conceived and directed amid the ruins of World War II, Rome Open City is a shockingly authentic experience, with war’s immediacy in every frame. A watershed in Italian cinema, with cinematography by Ubaldo Arata, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and planted the seeds of neorealism. 103 min. In Italian and German with English subtitles. Criterion Collection, 4K restoration. Introduced by Stefano Albertini, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, NYU.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Center for Applied Liberal Arts, School of Professional Studies; and Grey Art Gallery. Co-presented by The Criterion Collection. RSVP to casaitaliananyu.org. (Non-member RSVP does not guarantee a seat.)