Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Rome, Open City (1945)

Film: Rome, Open City (129/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

I knew when I decided to finally watch Rossellini's War Trilogy that I was in for a not-so-happy time. This film was heartbreaking and I can't believe Rossellini was able to create something so current amidst the rubble of the devastated city. The acting was superb as well...I was especially drawn to Anna Magnani as the headstrong Pina who carries the first half of the film. Another strong performance is by Aldo Fabrizi as Don Pietro, the priest who stands his ground. This is a film about people standing up against evil, bravely staring into the face of death. The making of this film, too, is a testament to the human spirit. If you have the will to tell a story and the support of a talented team, there's no stopping you. 

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