In Roma città aperta, Roberto Rossellini captured a moment in modern Italian history. Filmed during the Nazi occupation at the end of the war, the question of 'ally or traitor' runs as an rumbling undercurrent through the film with often calm and narrative driven scenes colliding with visuals containing horrendous acts of violence.
This is a wonderful piece of film that avoids simply poking the audience with the well documented historical facts of the time, instead choosing to build an interesting perspective of a country liberated, yet still under the control of another.
With terrific performances, a smooth and somehow urgent soundtrack and gorgeous, engaging cinematography, Rome, Open City is one of Italy's truly great films.
Flicking through a few reviews, I came across this absolute banger and frankly I don't think I can add more so will leave this here... Review of Rome, Open City by reibureibu
Criterion Challenge 2021