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Rome, Open City

Italy, Italian, 103 mins

  • Director: Roberto Rossellini
  • Writer: Sergio Amidei; Federico Fellini
  • Producer: Giuseppe Amato; Ferruccio De Martino

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The location: Nazi occupied Rome. As Rome is classified an open city, most Romans can wander the streets without fear of the city being bombed or them being killed in the process. But life for Romans is still difficult with the Nazi occupation as there is a curfew, basic foods are rationed, and the Nazis are still searching for those working for the resistance and will go to any length to quash those in the resistance and anyone providing them with assistance. War worn widowed mother Pina is about to get married to her next door neighbor Francesco. Despite their situation - Pina being pregnant, and Francesco being an atheist - Pina and Francesco will be wed by Catholic priest Don Pietro Pelligrini. The day before the wedding, Francesco's friend, Giorgio Manfredi, who Pina has never met, comes looking for Francesco as he, working for the resistance, needs a place to hide out.


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Cast & Characters

Aldo Fabrizi as Don Pietro Pellegrini;
Anna Magnani as Pina;
Marcello Pagliero as Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris;
Vito Annichiarico as Piccolo Marcello;
Nando Bruno as Agostino the Sexton;
Harry Feist as Major Bergmann;
Giovanna Galletti as Ingrid;
Francesco Grandjacquet as Francesco;
Eduardo Passarelli as Neighborhood Police Sergeant;
Maria Michi as Marina Mari;
Carla Rovere as Lauretta;
Carlo Sindici as Police Commissioner;
Joop van Hulzen as Captain Hartmann;
Akos Tolnay as Austrian Deserter;
Caterina Di Furia as Woman in street scene

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