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Rome, Open City

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What's it About

In the waning days of the Second World War, Italian resistance fighters continue risking their lives and undermining their Nazi allies in a Rome that's crumbling around them, falling into anarchy and chaos. Underground leader Manfredi (Pagliero) is on the run, with an informer in his ranks, but his work isn't done. In his compromised state, completing his mission will require enlisting the aid of a priest (Fabrizi), and a friend's pregnant fiancée (Magnani), with tragic results.

Why we love it

Director Rossellini shot this neo-realist masterpiece on the broken streets of Rome during the first days of the Allied liberation, mainly using non-actors due to limited funding. This only adds to the film's authenticity, as it pays tribute to the brave partisans who fought fascism to the end. Unforgettable filmmaking at its purest and most powerful, "Rome, Open City" was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Oscars, and won the Grand Prize at Cannes. It's easy to see why. 

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"