Monday, 7 February 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 39: Tuesday Feb 8, 2011

Rome, Open City: Bethnal Green Workingmen's Club, 44 Pollard Row, E2 6NB, 7.45pm

I haven't seen this since my post-graduate days at Derby Lonsdale College in the mid-1980s but found it a real eye-opener at the time and wouldn't disagree with this ecstatic review in Chicago Reader. Director Roberto Rossellini was a pioneer and this film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, brough the attention of the world to the development of the hugely influential neorealism era in Italian cinema.

This is another free screening courtesy of closeupfilmcentre.com and well worth the trip if you can make it. Here is an extract.

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