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New 4K Digital Restoration!
New 4K Digital Restoration!
1945, Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 100 min. — As the opening salvo of the ever-influential Italian neorealist movement, ROME OPEN CITY initiated a new era in film history–as Jean-Luc Godard said, "All roads lead to ROME OPEN CITY." Roberto Rossellini’s portrait of Rome under the German occupation centers on the manhunt for a resistance leader and its effect upon several characters, including a partisan priest, a corrupt actress, a Gestapo major, a gang of street kids, and a feisty pregnant woman (Magnani) about to celebrate her long-deferred wedding. Although praised at the time for the purity of its realism, ROME OPEN CITY now seems most impressive for its vigorous, complex mixture of documentary, melodrama, humor, and brutality. In Italian with English subtitles. This new 4K DCP digital restoration far surpasses any previous versions of the film, particularly the soft, poorly-subtitled prints that have long been available in the U.S. (MR)