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Roma Citta Libera

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Post-war Rome is the setting for this lyrical and heartbreaking character study of bitterness, loneliness and reconciliation in the months following Italy’s liberation by the Allies. On a rainy night in the heart of the city, a cat burglar (Nando Bruno of ROME, OPEN CITY) inadvertently saves the life of a would-be suicide (BLACK SUNDAY’s Andrea Checchi), despondent over having been betrayed by his fiancée while fighting in the war. Joining the avuncular thief for a night of misadventure, the young man intervenes in the arrest of an impoverished typist (Valentina Cortese, of Fellini’s JULIET OF THE SPIRITS) who has turned to prostitution to pay for her boardinghouse room. Ducking out of the rain into a coffee bar, the strangers share hard luck stories over cognac and encounter a distinguished amnesiac (THE BICYCLE THIEF writer-director Vittorio De Sica), begging to be told who he is. When the new friends find themselves invited to an illegal private casino, old lovers are reunited, old grudges are revived and first love is given a second chance.

Made during the seminal years of Italian neorealism, ROMA CITTÀ LIBERA (ROME FREE CITY) was directed by Marcello Pagliero, famous for having played the stoic resistance leader tortured to death by the Nazis in Roberto Rossellini’s incendiary ROME, OPEN CITY, and shot on location by Aldo Tonti, who would bring the same mixture of street-level grittiness and breathless magic to Federico Fellini’s NIGHTS OF CABIRIA a decade later. Scripting the film was a who’s who of up-and-coming giants of Italian cinema’s golden age, including Ennio Flaiano (La Dolce Vita, 8½), Suso Checchi D’Amico (THE LEOPARD, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS) and Cesare Zavattini (BICYCLE THIEVES, MIRACLE IN MILAN).

Completely restored from the original 35mm vault negative, ROMA CITTÀ LIBERA is only now available uncut and for the first time on DVD.

Special Features

  • Introduction by screenwriter and assistant director Luigi Filippo D’Amico
  • "A Life in the Movies" – Interview with screenwriter and assistant director Luigi Filippo D’Amico
  • "Unearthed" – Interview with film historian Oreste De Fornari
  • "Bullet in the Closet" – A conversation with director Ruggero Deodato
  • Never Before Seen Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectable Booklet – contains liner notes and talent bios.

Product Details

  • Actors: Andrea Checchi, Valentina Cortese, Nando Bruno, Vittorio De Sica, Marisa Merlini
  • Directors: Marcello Pagliero
  • Writers: Marcello Pagliero, Cesare Zavattini, Ennio Flaiano, Pino Mercanti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000G1QU6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roma Citta Libera" on IMDb

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By Randy Buck VINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
Format: DVD
ROMA CITTA LIBERA, something of a fizzle in its day and virtually unseen for over fifty years, has turned up in one of No Share's spiffy DVD transfers, providing many pleasures for fans of 40's Italian film. Filled with too many formula picture touches to really qualify as neorealism, ROMA nevertheless features many familiar faces from the great movies of the period -- de Sica and Valentina Cortese, for starters. The actors, writers, director, cinematographer and composer (you'll recognize Rota's principal song here from its reuse in Fellini) may have all achieved greater glory elsewhere, but ROMA's wry wit and wistful humanity cast a melancholy spell that's frequently pure magic. If this picture piques your interest, chances are you'll find it quite enjoyable.
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