Film, Drama

Time Out says

Rossellini recounts the liberation of Italy during WWII in six distinct episodes. The film's style is the foundation on which the whole aesthetic of neo-realism was built: endless establishing shots, and long 'neutral' takes that allow each viewer to make up his own mind about the characters. But the choked-back sentimentality of much of the action (GI doesn't recognise prostitute as the girl he once loved, etc) belongs to a very much older tradition than the visual style. Only the long, final episode in the Po Valley remains wholly impressive: its view of the sheer arbitrariness of warfare anticipates some of Jancsó's abstractions.


Release details

124 mins

Cast and crew

Roberto Rossellini
Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei
Maria Michi
Gar Moore
Carmela Sazio
Dots M Johnson
Harriet White
Bill Tubbs
Dale Edmonds