Open City, Rossellini and neorealism: Sixty years on
The essay discusses "Open City" as a discourse in which the intersection of everyday life with historical events is the signifier of historical realism. The essay unpacks first the Resistance as a site of production of meanings, its uses and different understanding of agency, identifying four moments in which the Resistance narrative was charged with different meanings. The essay's final two parts produce an account of the many critical evaluations of "Open City" and a close analysis of the intersection between history nd everyday life in the film.
Screening the Past