Monday, July 30, 2012

178. Roma, Citta Aperta

Roma, Citta Aperta
Rome, Open City
Directed by Roberto Rossellini

You should probably know if you want to follow this blog that I really hate Italian films.  I don't know why but I don't think I have encountered a single one I enjoyed.  Whether it is pretentious Fellini crap or neorealism, I just hate it.  Unfortunately, this movie is no exception.

This movie is about the Italian Resistance which you would imagine would be fascinating.  However, I found myself just plain bored with the whole film.  I found my attention wandering to far more exciting pursuits (including eating cake, throwing a ball up in the air, taking Hogwarts personality quizzes, and staring at my feet).

Of course, my immaturity doesn't stretch so far that I can't see the merit of a film like this. If you want nitty gritty during this time period, look toward Europe; we are in the midst of the Hays Code.  Watching women getting gunned down in front of children isn't exactly fun but that's neorealism people.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Rossellini used real Nazi POWs as extras.


  1. You did actually give it two stars. That means there are worse movies than this. When it comes to Fellini I have a feeling we will agree a lot.

    1. Oh good! Yeah with the book I discovered how bad movies can truly be.