Rome Open City

    Friday January 4, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

    7:00 p.m.

    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



    Street smarts:

    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.


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