'Open City', Roberto Rossellini's startling depiction of Nazi-occupied World War II Rome, and one of the most prominent examples of his neorealist cinematic style, is the story of a tenaciously held underground resistance against the Germans. When its leader, Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero), and a priest, Don Pietro (Aldo Fabrizi), are captured, the resistance collapses, with disastrous personal results to all. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay; Fellini collaborated with Rossellini in the writing of the script. 'Open City' is all the more remarkable in that it was made immediately following the liberation of Rome, had been developed while Rossellini himself was in hiding, and was filmed in the locations where the true events that the story are based on occurred.
Aldo Fabrizi (Don Pietro Pellegrini); Anna Magnani (Pina); Marcello Pagliero (Luigi Ferrari / Giorgio Manfredi); Vito Annichiarico (Marcello); Nando Bruno (Agostino); Harry Feist (Major Bergmann); Giovanna Galletti (Ingrid); Francesco Grandjacquet (Francesco); Eduardo Passarelli (Neighborhood Police Sergeant (as Passarelli)); Maria Michi (Marina Mari); Carla Rovere (Lauretta); Carlo Sindici (Police Commissioner); Joop van Hulzen (Captain Hartmann (as Van Hulzen)); Ákos Tolnay (Austrian Deserter (as A. Tolnay)). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
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