“Rome, Open City” quotes

(1945)
Movie Rome, Open City
Title Rome, Open City
Original title Roma città aperta
Year 1945
Director Roberto Rossellini
Genre Drama, Thriller, War
Plot – During the Nazi occupation of Rome, the communist engineer Manfredi, who is a member of the Resistance, contacts a comrade that works as a typographer. The Gestapo is on his trail, but he manages to finds shelter in a priest's house while the workman is arrested and his woman gets killed by a volley of bullets. The information was given by Marina, a cocaine addict actress that in the past had had a relationship with Manfredi and that now is with a German officer. Thanks to this, the Gestapo caught the engineer and the priest. Manfredi, even under torture, does not give the name of his comrades, while the priest is executed by a firing squad after receiving the farewell by the kids of his parish. The movie is based on a true story: Don Morosini was killed by the Germans in Rome after he joined the Resistance.
All actors – Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico, Nando Bruno, Harry Feist, Giovanna Galletti, Francesco Grandjacquet, Eduardo Passarelli, Maria Michi, Carla Rovere, Carlo Sindici, Joop van Hulzen, Ákos Tolnay, , Caterina Di Furia, Laura Clara Giudice, Turi Pandolfini, Amalia Pellegrini, Spartaco Ricci, Doretta Sestan, Alberto Tavazzi
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  • “Don't be afraid that time will run out. It'll be a long fight. Our battle's barely begun.”
    Marcello Pagliero - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
    [Tag:fighting]
  • “It's not hard to die well. The hard thing is to live well.”
    Aldo Fabrizi - Don Pietro Pellegrini
    [Tag:living]
  • “- Piccolo Marcello: We fixed 'em good, eh?
    - Little Girl: You never take me along.
    - Piccolo Marcello: You're a woman!
    - Little Girl: So? Can't women be heroes too?
    - Piccolo Marcello: Sure, but Romoletto says that women always mean trouble.”

    Vito Annichiarico - Piccolo Marcello
    [Tag:heroes, trouble, women]
  • “- Pina: It's been two years now. How long ago that seems now. And how things have changed, though we were already at war then.
    - Francesco: Everyone foolishly thought it would be over quickly and that we'd only see it on newsreels.
    - Pina: When is it going to end? Sometimes I just can't go on. This winter feels like it will never end.
    -...” (continue)
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    Anna Magnani - Pina
    Francesco Grandjacquet - Francesco
    [Tag:end, hope, war]
  • “- Marina Mari: I know what poverty is and it scares me. Sure, I could have married a streetcar driver and be starving to death today - me, my children and him.
    - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: Poor Marina. You think happiness means a fancy apartment, nice clothes, a maid, and rich lovers?
    - Marina Mari: If you'd really loved me, you'd have...” (continue)
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    Maria Michi - Marina Mari
    Marcello Pagliero - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
  • - Pina: Doesn't Christ see us?
    - Don Pietro Pellegrini: So many people ask me that: "Doesn't Christ see us?" But are we sure we haven't deserved this scourge? Are we sure we've always lived according to the Lord's laws? People never think of changing their ways, but when the piper must be paid, they despair and ask, "Doesn't the Lord see us?... (continue)
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    Anna Magnani - Pina
    Aldo Fabrizi - Don Pietro Pellegrini
  • - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: Does she live with you?
    - Pina: She's my sister.
    - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: Your sister?
    - Pina: Surprised, huh? I wonder what lies she's told you about where she lives. She's ashamed of us "starving workers." Says she's an artist. But I wouldn't tradeplaces with her. Not because she's bad.... (continue)
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    Marcello Pagliero - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
    Anna Magnani - Pina
    [Tag:lies, poverty]
  • “- Pina: Have you known her long?
    - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: Four months. I'd just arrived in Rome. She used to eat in a certain restaurant. One day the air raid alarm went off and everyone ran. Just she and I were left. She just laughed. Wasn't scared at all.
    - Pina: And you fell in love.
    - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: It...” (continue)
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    Anna Magnani - Pina
    Marcello Pagliero - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
  • “- Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris: Life is what we want it to be.
    - Marina Mari: Words! Life is filthy and brutal.”

    Marcello Pagliero - Giorgio Manfredi aka Luigi Ferraris
    Maria Michi - Marina Mari
    [Tag:life, pain]
  • “- Major Bergman: You clearly aim to harm the Reich and its armed forces.
    - Don Pietro Pellegrini: That wasn't exactly my aim.
    - Major Bergman: Then what would you call a man who not only provides refuge and forged documents to Italians plotting attacks on our soldiers but even shelters German deserters?
    - Don Pietro Pellegrini: A man who humbly...” (continue)
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    Harry Feist - Major Bergmann
    Aldo Fabrizi - Don Pietro Pellegrini
  • “- Major Bergman: I've a man who must talk before dawn and a priest who is praying for him. He'll talk.
    - Captain Hartmann: And if not?
    - Major Bergman: Ridiculous.
    - Captain Hartmann: And if not?
    - Major Bergman: Then it would mean an Italian is worth as much as a German. It would mean there is no difference in the blood of a slave race and a...” (continue)
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    Harry Feist - Major Bergmann
    Joop van Hulzen - Captain Hartmann
    [Tag:equality, racism]
  • “I've led a bad life. I've done so much I shouldn't have. You think I'm not ashamed to be married in my condition? But you'd never understand. There are things you do without thinking, that you don't feel like you're doing wrong. I was so in love and he was so good, so decent. I know he could have found someone better, a young girl, not a...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Anna Magnani - Pina
  • “- Francesco: We mustn't be afraid now or in the future, because we're on the just path. Understand, Pina?
    - Pina: Yes, Francesco.
    - Francesco: We're fighting for something that has to be, that can't help coming. The road may be long and hard, but we'll get there and we'll see a better world. And our children especially will see it.”

    Francesco Grandjacquet - Francesco
    Anna Magnani - Pina
  • “I am a Catholic priest. I believe that those who fight for justice and truth walk in the path of God and the paths of God are infinite.”
    Aldo Fabrizi - Don Pietro Pellegrini
    [Tag:god, justice, priests]
  • 25 years ago, I commanded firing squads in France. I was a young officer. I believed then, too, in a German "master-race." But the French patriots also died without talking. We Germans simply refuse to believe that people want to be free.
    Joop van Hulzen - Captain Hartmann
    [Tag:freedom, nazism]
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