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1946 Rated NR 2hr

Set during Italy's liberation near the end of WWII, this compelling compilation of vignettes showcases fascinating encounters between American soldiers and Italian civilians, including a Sicilian prisoner (Carmela Sazio), a young streetwise thief (Alfonsino Pasca) and a prostitute (Maria Michi). Directed by renowned filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, this vividly real docudrama features a mix of professional and nonprofessional actors.

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Movie Details

1949 BAFTA®
  • Best Film nominee
1950 Academy Award®
  • Best Writing nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

Italian: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; video introduction by Roberto Rossellini from 1963; documentary: Rossellini and the City; Rossellini discussions about his craft in '70; visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher.