Italian Cinema: Roberto Rossellini’s "Open City" and "Journey to Italy" The ensuing paper discusses Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 film, Open City, and his 1953 film, Journey to Italy and notes how they are different approaches to reality but different approaches also taken at two distinctly different periods in his career. In the first film, the absence of background music and of narration is quite striking: the characters speak for themselves and everything proceeds in a chronological and teleological fashion towards the seemingly-inevitable tragic end; the film is clearly intended to capture the austere and often whispered world of the resistance movement within Rome as the Nazis tried to consolidate their hold on power. Rossellini, as a...The end:
.....y in comparable ways, but they do fixate on relatively different themes and the camera work in the second (1953) film appears to be somewhat more subjective. Nonetheless, there is a great deal of silence in both works and the characters are allowed to speak for themselves without the artificial adornment of music and narrative accompaniment. When all is said and done, the works are different approaches to capturing reality in the work of an artist who was at very different stages in his career. Works Cited Journey to Italy. Dir. Roberto Rossellini. Perf . Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders. Titanus Distribuzione , 1953. Rome, Open City. Dir. Roberto Rossellini. Perf . Aldo Fabrizi , Anna Magnani , and Marcello Pagliero . Minerva Film Spa, 1945.