Rome Open City
Roma città aperta/ Rome Open City
Fiction, Italy, 1945, DCP (35 mm)
With Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno, Harry Feist
The title Rome open city reveals an unusual openness: the common people (not the bourgeoisie, who stay hidden in their offices) live out in the open, in the city. The reason that the film is the story of a block of flats is because it shows a microcosm which represents (like an open-air stage) the whole city. In Rossellini’s view, in 1945, our homes had already become the streets, they were not inside the flats anymore: our private lives, love lives, involving others, develop out in the open; the secrecy of the partisan struggle is a new practice, which passes over the rooftops and is not hidden in the bottoms of the cellars, and which links in a very complex network what the enemy is struggling to perceive, with his older cultural coordinates. [...] With the war behind him, Rossellini was living in the space of modernity.