Rome, Open City
The uncritical view of the opposed sides, the light treatment given to the fascisti compared to the Germans, the melodrama that isnt conscious of itself as such, etc have not aged well. Can only theoretically imagine the shock of this film in the 40s when juxtaposed against the studio films. What still has startling power is the shooting of certain key scenes, for instance the one where Magnani breaks free. WOW!.