Roberto Rossellini's War trilogy

Roberto Rossellini's War trilogy

DVD - 2009 | Italian
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Rome open city: When the Nazis occupied Rome, a brave few fought against it. An underground agent who is cornered by the Germans in a certain quarter of Rome, flees the Germans. In the course of his flight he imperils his resistance friends.
Paisan: Set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, and taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley. Looks at the struggles of different cultures to communicate and of people living their everyday lives in extreme circumstances.
Germany year zero: The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin seen through the eyes of a 12-year old boy. Living in a bombed-out apartment building with his sick father and two older siblings, young Edmund is mostly left to wander unsupervised, getting ensnared in the black market schemes of a group of teenagers and coming under the nefarious influence of a Nazi-sympathizing ex-teacher.
With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and came to define the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany.
Publisher: [Irvington, New York] : Criterion Collection, c2009.
Edition: Standard format.
ISBN: 9781604652161
Branch Call Number: DVD Roberto 7-DAY
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 375 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (39 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.).
Alternative Title: War trilogy


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Feb 01, 2014

Martin Scorsese called Italian director Roberto Rossellini "the father of all of us." If you seek to understand world cinema and neorealism, this is a great place to start. Criterion's deluxe box set includes the three films, loads of extras and a booklet, which was unfortunately not in the set I checked out. This triptych of World War II offers a blunt, documentary-like look at the devastation of war, especially on civilians. "Rome Open City" is from '45 and features Anna Magnani (whom Rossellini was involved with) as a member of the resistance, "Paisan" is from 1946 and is in six episodes, many of them about the U.S. liberation of Italy and the final film "Germany Year Zero" is from 1948 and looks at the defeated people and city. Fellini got his start with Rossellini and is featured in one of the documentaries. The shooting in real locations with a small budget, a disregard for Hollywood style, and an interest in capturing a spontaneous moment would be an enormous influence on the French New Wave. Essential viewing. You may also like the Polish director Andre Wadja's war trilogy, also available from Criterion.

PrinceBishop Dec 02, 2011

Great film making, but such depressing stories. I guess that war is not conducive to happiness. Never was, never will be.


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