This is why you live in Los Angeles folks, or want to. For the opportunity to see such treasured films as Rome Open City (Roma citta aperta), which is now playing at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre. I urge you to take advantage of your geological location and make the worthwhile pilgrimage to one of the area’s great mecca of film.
For its 70th anniversary, Janus Films is presenting a brand new 4K digital restoration of the classic film. It truly does look beautiful, and gives casual viewers the chance to see legendary Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini at his best. Not only are you witnessing film history, but literal history. Rossellini (father of Isabella) filmed Rome Open City during German occupation of Rome during World War II, imbuing inconceivable poignancy to the proceedings, which star Aldo Fabrizi and breakout star Anna Magnani. Martin Scorsese hails Rome Open City as “the most precious moment of film history,” and the 1945 drama inspired an entire new movement of film, that of neorealism. It’s not often you can find this film anywhere, let alone on a big screen where it deserves to be seen.
Rome Open City is now screening at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, showing through Thursday, February 26 for an exclusive one-week engagement. Showtimes: Fri-Mon at 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50; Tue-Thu at 5:00, 7:30, 9:50. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre is at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, in West Los Angeles. For playdates across the country, check out Janus Films’ website.