LFS: Rome, Open City

#LexiFilmSchool returns with this "towering achievement not only of the Italian cinema but of filmmaking anywhere… a classic, through and through." Sight & Sound

Showing Times

Mon 29 Apr 18:30

Director: Roberto Rossellini, 1945
Speaker: Jonathan Romney, film critic (Film Comment, Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen Daily) 

The first masterpiece of the Italian neo-realist movement, Rome, Open City changed film forever. Shot on scraps of celluloid in the rubble of the Italian capital mere weeks after the Allies had taken the city, the film blends drama and documentary in unprecedented fashion. Director Rosselini utilised non-actors, natural light and real locations to recount stories of life under fascism - the result is both a unique historical document and a riveting emotional journey, "the most precious moment of film history," said Martin Scorcese.

Film School takes place on Monday evenings at 6:30pm.  You’re welcome to book for individual screenings, or sign up for the whole term to get the best price.  Tickets are £9 (£7 to members), or all 7 screenings for £42.

Everyone who books for #LexiFilmSchool receives pre-screening Film Notes, specially written by the speaker and including suggestions of further reading and related viewing. 

With thanks to our friends at MUBI, every ticket delivers 30 days of complimentary MUBI.  Streaming service MUBI is a great entree to a carefully chosen, ever-changing selection of global cinema, which complements #LexiFilmSchool nicely!

Mon 29 April 
ROME, OPEN CITY, Roberto Rossellini, 1945
Speaker:  Jonathan Romney, film critic (Film Comment, Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen Daily)

Mon 13 May 
FRIDA, Julie Taymor, 2002
Speaker:  Kat Lister, journalist (VICE, Broadly, Bitch media)

Mon 20 May 
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, Karel Reisz, 1960
Speaker:  Samuel West, actor (On Chesil Beach, Suffragette, Howard's End)

Mon 3 Jun 
OF LOVE & LAW, Hikaru Toda, 2017
Speaker:  Elhum Shakerifar, producer (Of Love & Law, Even When I Fall, A Syrian Love Story)

Mon 10 Jun
SAAWARIYA, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2007
Speaker:  Ryan Lanji, curator, founder of Hungama

Mon 17 Jun
THE L-SHAPED ROOM, Bryan Forbes, 1962
Speaker:  Selina Robertson, programmer (Independent Cinema Office, Club Des Femmes)

Mon 24 Jun 
ANGELA DAVIS: PORTRAIT OF A REVOLUTIONARY, Yolande DuLuart, 1972
Speaker:  Charmaine Simpson, co-founder Black History Studies

Trailer: 

Film Information

Duration:
102 mins
Subtitled:
Yes
Certificate:
12A

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