Six definitive films: The ultimate beginner's guide to Roberto Rossellini

May 13, 2021 387

Near destined for filmmaking success after his father built the first cinema in Rome, the ‘Barberini’, Roberto Rossellini was a master of Italian Neorealism taking post-war cinema by the scruff of its neck with films such as Rome, Open City, Paisan and Germany, Year Zero.

With a particular interest in telling stories of ordinary lives devastated by the effects of WWII early in his career, through the 1960s and his career end, he became increasingly infatuated with the unconventional, constantly experimenting with new styles and techniques.

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