Rome Open City
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1945, Italy, Roberto Rossellini, 105 min.
Starring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Marcello Pagliero
Free with a $7 bar minimum
David Bragdon of the New York City Parks Department introduces Rome Open City
1. Rossellini used actual Nazi POWs as extras for added realistic effect.
2. The film's American release, in 1946, was never supposed to happen. A U.S. Army private stationed in Rome saw the film, liked it, and pretended to be an interested American producer. He smuggled a copy home and got it released in New York in 1946.
3. When Rome, Open City was shot in 1944, a war torn Italy had virtually no movie industry. Roberto Rossellini befriended a wealthy older woman who wanted to have a documentary made about Don Pietro Morisini and it evolved into the film we know today.