28 Great Directors: Roberto Rossellini

“I do not want to make beautiful films, I want to make useful films.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Journey to Italy.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Rome Open City.

Where Does He Fit: Rome Open City has to rank as one of the greatest amateur films ever even if Rossellini had done some work before this. The editing is shoddy as hell and the performances are very non-actor in how they come across even if Anna Magnani had acted before this, and her performance in this is legitimately terrific. The raw energy of a city that was recovering from a horrible time comes right through despite all the thoughtlessly placed wipes, however, and the arc of a resistance movement falling apart is painful and poignant. Eager to see how Rossellini does with a little improvement in technique.

Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini, Italy 1945, 100 mins)

Most Valuable Asset: Realist performances from actors.
Most Excited For: Journey to Italy.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Seems likely.

Coming Up Next: Woody Allen, who made the same film many times and succeeded pretty often.


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