Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" Essay by The Research Group

Roberto Rossellini's "Open City"
This paper analyzes the 1945 film by Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" on the Nazi occupation of Rome: Plot, theme, characters and style.
# 21748 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Mar 07, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , History (European - World Wars)

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"Roberto Rossellini's "Open City" (1945) is a film about Rome during the period of the German occupation, and the conditions under which the film was shot are well-known and mirror the situation in the film itself. Rome at the time was a just-opened city in that the Germans had just left, and the effects of the Nazi occupation were clearly still felt and contributed to the metaphoric meanings attached to the film. Much of the sense of the title is ironic, in that Rome was not yet an open city at all in the time frame of the film, though that was the condition wished by the people and newly experienced by the filmmakers, who had themselves prayed for that release from the enclosure of the Nazi occupation.

The period of the occupation is evoked as a time of great difficulty and trouble, and the term "open city" then had a ... "

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