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This edition: Rome, Open City

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Episode Details

(aka Roma Citta Aperta, 1945/Italy, 100 min., b&w, drama, in Italian and German with English subtitles) Dir.: Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero. This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Aldo Fabrizi plays a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani, in her breakthrough role, plays the fiancee of a resistance member. Discussion guest: Jacqueline Reich, Fordham University.

Guest List

Jacqueline Reich Professor, Chair of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University