I have heard a lot of good things about Roberto Rossellini and decided that in preparation for my travels in Italy in March that I would watch some Italian films. Rome Open City (1945) was on a list of films that showcase Rome, my first stop. (Incidentally I'm staying at the Fellini B&B near the Trevi Fountain that was featured in La Dolce Vita). Anyway, it is a story about the Nazi resistance in Rome in which children and a priest helped, which is partly based on true-life events. Rossellini is known as the father of Italian neo-realism in this film, which was mostly shot on location with several non-actors, but not, of course in the main roles, and incorporating the unpredictable rhythms of urban life (to an extent). I am interested in seeing the other three films in his "War Trilogy" and then there are the films he made with Ingrid Bergman. The film also won the grand prize at Cannes in 1946.