Rome, Open City

  • Dir: Roberto Rossellini

  • Italy, 1945, 103 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero

A world cinema landmark that launched the revolutionary style of Italian neorealism, Rossellini’s thrilling drama, simultaneously realistic and melodramatic, has left a trace on every film movement since. Shot amid the ruins of Rome during World War II, the story of brave resistance leaders struggling against the Nazi occupation is a shockingly authentic experience, galvanised by newsreelstyle cinematography. The infamous torture and execution scenes have lost none of their monumental impact today.

Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize of the Jury

National Board of Review: Best Actress, Best Foreign Language Film

13/3 (Sat): Film talk with William Lau


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2021-03-13 (Sat)
      2021-03-21 (Sun)


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