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The Janus Collection

Rome, Open City (Roma Città Aperta)

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Saturday 12/13
7:00 pm
$9 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
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dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945, b/w, Italian w/ English subtitles, 100 min.

This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring some well-known actors—Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member—Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.


This screening is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photograph, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015