Roberto Rossellini's Rome Open City instantly, markedly, and permanently changed the landscape of film history. Made at the end of World War II, it has been credited with initiating a revolution in and reinvention of modern cinema, bold claims that are substantiated when its impact on how films are conceptualized, made, structured, theorized, circulated, and viewed is examined. This 2004 volume offers a fresh look at the production history of Rome Open City; some of its key images, and particularly its representation of the city and various types of women; its cinematic influences and affinities; the complexity of its political dimensions, including the film's vision of political struggle and the political uses to which the film was put; and the legacy of the film in public consciousness. It serves as a well illustrated, up to date, and accessible introduction to one of the major achievements of filmmaking.
• Comprehensive - addresses a wide variety of key topics including the film's origin, influence, distinctive style, and use of gender • Accessible - readable and well-suited towards students and audiences interested in film • Authoritative - contributors are leading scholars on Rossellini and Italian film
Introduction: Open City: reappropriating the old, making the new Sidney Gottlieb; 1. Rossellini, Open City, and neorealism Sidney Gottlieb; 2. The making of Roma città aperta: the legacy of fascism and the birth of neorealism Peter Bondanella; 3. Celluloide and the palimpsest of cinematic memory: Carlo Lizzani's film of the story behind Open City Millicent Marcus; 4. Diverting clichés: femininity, masculinity, melodrama, and neorealism in Open City Marcia Landy; 5. Space, rhetoric, and the divided city in Roma città aperta David Forgacs; 6. Mourning, melancholia, and the popular front: Roberto Rossellini's beautiful revolution Michael P. Rogin; Reviews of Open City; Filmography.