Open City | Chicago Reader

Open City

Roberto Rossellini's 1946 story of a group of workers and a priest in 1943-'44 Rome, declared an “open city” by the Nazis, was begun only two months after the liberation. Its realistic treatment of everyday Italian life heralded the postwar renaissance of the Italian cinema and the development of neorealism; the film astonished audiences around the world and remains a masterpiece. With Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, and Maria Michi. In Italian with subtitles.



  • Roberto Rossellini


  • Aldo Fabrizi
  • Anna Magnani
  • Marcello Pagliero
  • Maria Michi
  • Harry Feist
  • Francesco Grandjacquet
  • Giovanna Galletti
  • Vito Annichiarico
  • Carla Rovere
  • Nando Bruno


  • Sergio Amidei
  • Federico Fellini
  • Roberto Rossellini


  • Ferrucio DeMartino
  • Roberto Rossellini

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