Of course I was aware of Roberto Rossellini but it wasn’t until this year that I’d seen any of his work. The War Trilogy fell into my hands (two movies on it are part of my 1001 film challenge) and of course I watched it.
Rome, Open City
When I learned how the movie was made in secret during the Nazi occupation, I really wanted to watch it. You can’t really tell when watching, this doesn’t distract from amazing storytelling going on.
I knew absolutely nothing about this one. To be honest, I struggeled the most with this movie. A couple of weeks have passed since the viewing and I can barely remember anything about it.
Germany, Year Zero
For a short (ish) movie, this certainly packs a punch. A look at the effects the defeat had on the Berliner population, all through the eyes of a twelve year old boy. Not one to censor himself, Rossellini deals with themes such as pedophilia and patricide.
I would definitely recommend these movies, especially if you have an interest in World War II.