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The Rise of Louis XIV (1966) Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, César Silvagni, Biography, History
1661: Cardinal Mazarin dies. In the power vacuum, the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Read More »
Joan at the Stake (1954) Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman, Tullio Carminati, Giacinto Prandelli, Biography, Drama, History, Musical
The film takes place mostly in a surrealistic fantasy around the time of the execution of Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc, played by Ingrid Bergman, is being burned alive for heresy. Read More »
Irene Wagner, the wife of prominent scientist Albert Wagner, finds herself blackmailed about her affair by her lover’s jealous ex-girlfriend. Read More »
An exploration of the Centre Georges Pompidou and its surroundings on its opening day in 1977. Read More »
La Nave Bianca is a movie about a group of firemen on a Italian battleship, that takes part in a sea battle. Read More »
Un pilota ritorna / A Pilot Returns (1942) Roberto Rossellini, Massimo Girotti, Michela Belmonte, Gaetano Masier, Drama, War
A young Italian pilot is interned in a British prison camp after his plane is shot down during the war against Greece. Read More »
Desiderio (1946) Marcello Pagliero, Roberto Rossellini, Massimo Girotti, Carlo Ninchi, Elli Parvo, Drama
Paola, a Milan call girl, returns home to her village in an attempt to go straight. Read More »
A man with a past gets married and it seems that he will be able to start a new life, but an unexpected inheritance gets in the way and deteriorates the relationship with his wife. Read More »
L’uomo dalla croce / Man with a Cross (1943) Roberto Rossellini, Alberto Tavazzi, Roswita Schmidt, Attilio Dottesio, War, Drama
An extremely rare film by Roberto Rossellini, his third feature, made under the Fascist control of Italy. Read More »
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he’s cynical, she’s a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.
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La macchina ammazzacattivi / The Machine That Kills Bad People (1952) Roberto Rossellini, Gennaro Pisano, Marilyn Buferd, William Tubbs, Comedy, Fantasy
A demon bestows on a self-righteous working photographer’s camera the power to smite from the Earth “evil-doers”. Naturally, the indignant photographer turns his new weapon on, one by one, his entire village, beginning with the wealthy or illustrious. Soon, the poor he is so supposedly so enamored of become his victims too, so rife with impatience and contempt is he, that the slightest flaw is cause for smiting. Inevitably, he embarks on a task to destroy everyone.
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Era notte a Roma / It Was Night in Rome (1960) Roberto Rossellini, Leo Genn, Giovanna Ralli, Sergey Bondarchuk, Drama, War
During WW2, in Rome , a trio of escaped Allied POWs find themselves in limbo as they try to avoid re-capture and reach their dispersed units. Michael Pemberton is a British Major, Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov is a Soviet Sergeant and Peter Bradley is an American Lieutenant. A beautiful young Italian woman, Esperia Belli, agrees to give them shelter. She knows that despite Italy’s efforts to break with Nazi Germany and join the Allies there are some Italians who are Fascist sympathizers and would gladly denounce Esperia to the German authorities. Hiding enemy soldiers or escaped POWs is punishable by death. Esperia hopes to get in contact with the Italian anti-Fascist resistance which could help the three escaped Allied POWs rejoin their respective armies. Until then, the fugitives are stuck in Esperia’s attic.
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Dov’è la libertà…? / Where Is Freedom? (1954) Roberto Rossellini, Totò, Vera Molnar, Nyta Dover, Comedy, Drama
A barber, murderer because of jealousy, spends twenty years in jail. He cannot, however adjust himself to a changed world and to the hypocracy of his own relatives and decides to return behind bars.
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Vanina Vanini / The Betrayer (1961) Roberto Rossellini, Sandra Milo, Laurent Terzieff, Martine Carol, Drama
Vanina Vanini, a bored, spoiled Roman countess, falls in love with a dedicated young patriot who is in Rome to assassinate a traitor to the brotherhood of the Free Masons.
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