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Italian Directors - Roberto Rossellini

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Open City
Roberto Rossellini
A beautiful video master, transferred from a new negative, of this key film of Italian Neo-Realism, shot largely during the Nazi occupation of Rome. Two resistance leaders, one a Communist, the other a priest, work toward weakening the German occupation. The cumulative power of Rossellini's feeling for his subject was translated into a visual intensity that makes the picture sometimes almost impossible to watch. With a great performance by Anna Magnani. Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1945, 103 mins.
Videocassette | $37.95  
DVD | $44.95  


Italian Directors - Roberto Rossellini


Flowers of St. Francis
Roberto Rossellini
Rossellini's continuing investigation of the nature of history and myth in the re-telling of the story of St. Francis of Assisi and his band of friars, as they attain perfect harmony with nature. "The most beautiful film in the world" (Francois Truffaut). The DVD is a Criterion Collection Edition, and includes video interviews with actress Isabella Rossellini, film critic Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and film historian Adriano Apra, essay by film scholar Peter Brunette, and more. In Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1950, 75 mins.
DVD | $59.95  

Open City
Roberto Rossellini
A beautiful video master, transferred from a new negative, of this key film of Italian Neo-Realism, shot largely during the Nazi occupation of Rome. Two resistance leaders, one a Communist, the other a priest, work toward weakening the German occupation. The cumulative power of Rossellini's feeling for his subject was translated into a visual intensity that makes the picture sometimes almost impossible to watch. With a great performance by Anna Magnani. Italian with English subtitles. Italy, 1945, 103 mins.
DVD | $44.95