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.
Rossellini used real Nazi POWs as extras.