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Rome Open City

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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.


Όλες οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. To 7o Φεστιβάλ Πρωτοποριακού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας διοργανώνεται από τη Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος με τη συγχρηματοδότηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης & εντάσσεται στο ΠΕΠ ΑΤΤΙΚΗ του ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013.