24 Dec

Manhattan città aperta: The New World of Italian Cinema in Postwar America, by Anthony Burke Smith


Reviewing Roma città aperta upon its Philadelphia premier in 1946 for one of the city’s major news dailies, the Philadelphia Sunday Record, Lee Morris identified the film’s story of the Italian resistance with Americans’ own historic struggles for freedom. In his piece entitled, “ ‘Open City’ Has Spirit that Makes a Movie—and a People—Great,” Morris commented on the moral conflict between the partisans and the Nazis, “The story is one of the oldest in the world, the battle of weakness and moral fervor refusing to surrender to cynical power…It is the story of St. George and the dragon, of David and Goliath, of the American minute men against the Redcoats ...continua a leggere