Open City


Combining elements of documentary-style news footage with the tense, taut drama associated with the horrors of war, Roberto Rossellini managed to turn a neorealist mirror on the western world with his groundbreaking tale of resistance, repression and liberty.  In many ways, Open City foreshadows the political power of the moving image.  In fact, by the turbulent 1960s many world-class filmmakers, such as Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool), Costa-Gavras (Z), and Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon) were incorporating many of these same techniques in an effort to open the eyes and hearts of the American people.

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