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#1 marcusbulbous76

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 08:07 PM

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ROBERTO ROSSELLINI’S WAR TRILOGY

Roberto Rossellini is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. And it was with his trilogy of films made during and after World War II—Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero—that he left his first transformative mark on cinema. With their stripped-down aesthetic, largely nonprofessional casts, and unorthodox approaches to storytelling, these intensely emotional works were international sensations and effectively launched the neorealist movement. Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images that encompass both tragedy and hope.


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ROME OPEN CITY
Roberto Rossellini

Italy • 1945 • 100 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • German, Italian
This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with a bit more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring well-known actors—Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member—Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work was an international sensation, garnering awards around the globe and leaving the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.


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PAISAN
Roberto Rossellini

Italy, Estonia • 1946 • 120 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • English, German, Italian
Roberto Rossellini’s follow-up to his breakout Rome Open City was the ambitious, enormously moving Paisan (Paisà), which consists of six episodes set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley. With its documentary-like visuals and its intermingled cast of actors and nonprofessionals, Italians and their American liberators, this look at the struggles of different cultures to communicate and of people to live their everyday lives in extreme circumstances is equal parts charming sentiment and vivid reality. A long-missing treasure of Italian cinema, Paisan is available here for the first time in its full original release version.


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GERMANY YEAR ZERO
Roberto Rossellini

Germany, Italy • 1948 • 71 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • German
The concluding chapter of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy is the most devastating, a portrait of an obliterated Berlin shown through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. Living in a bombed-out apartment building with a sick father and two older siblings, young Edmund is mostly left to wander unsupervised, getting ensnared in the black-market schemes of a group of teenagers and coming under the nefarious influence of a Nazi-sympathizing ex-teacher. Germany Year Zero (Deutschland im Jahre Null) is a daring, gut-wrenching look at the consequences of fascism, for society and the individual.


DISC FEATURES
SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers
  • Video introductions by Roberto Rossellini to all three films, from 1963
  • New video interviews with Rossellini scholar Adriano Aprà, Rossellini’s friend and confessor Father Virgilio Fantuzzi, and filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
  • Audio commentary on Rome Open City by film scholar Peter Bondanella
  • Once Upon a Time . . . “Rome Open City,” a 2006 documentary on the making of this historic film, featuring rare archival material and footage of Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini,
    Ingrid Bergman, and many others
  • Rossellini and the City, a new documentary on Rossellini’s use of the urban landscape in these films, by film scholar Mark Shiel
  • Excerpts from rarely seen videotaped discussions Rossellini had with faculty and students at Rice University in 1970 about his craft
  • Into the Future, a new visual essay about the War Trilogy by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Roberto Rossellini, a 2001 documentary by Carlo Lizzani, assistant director on Germany Year Zero, tracing Rossellini’s career through archival footage and interviews with family members and collaborators, with tributes by filmmakers François Truffaut and Martin Scorsese
  • Letters from the Front: Carlo Lizzani on “Germany Year Zero,” a 1987 podium discussion with Lizzani
  • Italian credits and prologue for Germany Year Zero
  • New illustrated essay by film scholar Thomas Meder on Rossellini’s relationship with his mistress Roswitha Schmidt
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by director Irene Bignardi and film scholars Colin McCabe, James Quandt, and Jonathan Rosenbaum


#2 Lawrence

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:35 PM

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#3 Major81

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 05:11 AM

I just opened this one up and I am wondering if anyone else noticed that the packaging/booklet does not include any chapter lists. I put in ROME OPEN CITY and the disc has a chapter menu, but I don't see one on the box or in the book. Is this a Criterion first? Is it a mistake? Is my copy the only one?

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Eclipse: Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39,40


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 07:19 AM

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Same here, I can't say it's something I'd miss if they stopped doing that. After all what use is the chapter list inside the booklet?

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:09 PM

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Same here, I can't say it's something I'd miss if they stopped doing that. After all what use is the chapter list inside the booklet?


Oh I agree, it is just with the uniformity of their releases cosmetically, it was something I noticed. Just like I wouldn't personally miss the mission statement -but I'd notice that they left it off. So is this the first release to not have a chapter menu in the package/booklet while having chapters on the disc?

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:25 PM

I haven't seen the package yet, but aren't these cardboard digipaks like the Cassavetes spines? Are they just completely blank on the inside, or is there something else in place of the chapter stops?

If I were to pick one thing to go on the inside of a digipak spine, it would probably be the cast/credits. Out of all the little changes Criterion has been making, I am the most panicked about the shrinking booklets. To have lower tiers of the past offer thicker booklets than some current uppers is harsh, especially after MoC raised the bar so high.

From the beaver pic I can see this booklet is of good size, nice to know. :)

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:32 AM

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They definitely designed every inch of the package, they just didn't include chapter menus. I wonder if it was an oversight or a deliberate choice. Like Lawrence says, they aren't super essential, but I can't recall them ever not being included.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 01:17 AM

If I were to pick one thing to go on the inside of a digipak spine, it would probably be the cast/credits. Out of all the little changes Criterion has been making, I am the most panicked about the shrinking booklets. To have lower tiers of the past offer thicker booklets than some current uppers is harsh, especially after MoC raised the bar so high.


This has been the biggest negative side effect of Criterion adding BluRay. If it doesn't fit in the little space provided by the smaller BluRay cases, it's not going to be added, and if it's not going to be part of the BluRay package, they're not going to put in the extra effort for the DVD version.

Are the days of big booklets, novels, and screenplays included with the film nearly gone? Or just a temporary setback?
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 04:02 PM

Am I the only person who found the end of Germany Year Zero to be hilarious? I just couldn't take it. I literally burst out laughing as "Ende" shone across the screen.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:11 PM

I shouldn't even respond because your other posts have shown a pattern of this sort of baseless provocation but on the off chance someone else might read this and be deterred from checking out the set:

Spoiler


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Posted 27 June 2010 - 11:12 PM

Am I the only person who found the end of Germany Year Zero to be hilarious? I just couldn't take it. I literally burst out laughing as "Ende" shone across the screen.


I'm thinking you are pretty much alone on that one. GYZ as a comedy, I can't even begin to understand how you came to that conclusion let alone how you find yourself laughing at the end. Were you drunk, or is it the serial killers lack of empathy that made that happen?

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:29 PM

Maybe I shouldn't say "hilarious," because it wasn't funny to me in the way that, say, Seinfeld or something is funny. It was funny to me in the sense that it seemed unnecessary, and to have such an ending when it's unnecessary is too much for me. I'm not against this type of ending, per se. A certain Bresson movie has a similar ending, and I love that movie and its ending. It might just be that this movie featured that great combination of lack of goodness/quality and extreme tragedy. If the movie had been better, I probably could've lived with the ending, or even loved it the way I do the Bresson ending. However, Rossellini's film didn't quite reach the heights (this is epic understatement) of Bresson, not for me anyway, and when you have such heights of tragedy without heights of artistry, you get Rossellini's Seneca rather than Bresson's Euripides. The fact that Godard named a movie after this is beyond me, but then again, that Godard made a lot of his post-Weekend movies is somewhat beyond me.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:59 PM

I shouldn't even respond because your other posts have shown a pattern of this sort of baseless provocation but on the off chance someone else might read this and be deterred from checking out the set:


Brevity and levity shouldn't always be derided.

I wouldn't deter anybody from checking out the set. It's historically very important. I haven't watched Open City or Paisa yet, but I'm looking forward to them.
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:31 PM

Brevity, levity, up your nose with a rubber hose. These are great films that deserve more consideration than that sort of kiddie giggling.

I don't think Mouchette has the ideological courage of Germany Year Zero. It's certainly not as important beyond a filmic argument. Wouldn't most anyone find a visit to Berlin just after WWII, bombed out craters and economic paralysis included, to be something deserving of emotion beyond ridicule. Billy Wilder shot A Foreign Affair in the same place at the same time, and it's somewhat amazing that a major studio relented to showing cutaways to war-torn devastation. Rossellini's attempt moved away from movie stars and Hollywood narratives to tackle the elephant as main idea rather than Wilder's more subtextual (if still remarkable) gathering. The only thing I'd concede is uneasy about Germany Year Zero is Rossellini's continued equating of homosexuality with the Nazis. That part hasn't aged well but the other aspects of the film remain as devastating as your mind will allow. I truly feel sorry for anyone who can laugh through a child's death.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:53 AM

Rome Open City is yet another masterpiece that I was wholly unprepared for. The last half hour or so has to be among the most devastating and paradoxically uplifting that has ever been captured. I have nothing of any consequence that I could possibly add to the wonderful extras included with the film, so I'll talk about something that struck me. Given the reputation of the film as being a hallmark of the Italian Neorealist movement, I was surprised at how polished the film actually was. The performances are all exemplary, Rossellini's camera work never showed the budgetary restrictions that he apparently had to work with, and the score (by Renzo Rossellini!) could have come out of a Hollywood film. These aren't complaints, I was just surprised to see them, given the film's reputation and history. Essential.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 12:06 PM

While I have now seen all three films and all of the extras (except for the commentary), I still have the issue of what to write about these films. I have heard of them for years, but did not get to see them until this set (which I'm so glad that came out from Criterion). I am not even sure which one I prefer. All three work quite well together.

Just noticed an interesting statement below: "when you have such heights of tragedy without heights of artistry, you get Rossellini's Seneca rather than Bresson's Euripides." Funny I quote Seneca now and then, though I'm far more familiar with the writings of Euripides. Can someone elaborate on this quote or is this just a capricious comparison because both wrote Medea and one version is favored over the other among certain literati?

Quoting from a Clyde spoiler for Germany Year Zero:

"Rossellini is using Edmund as a means for the viewer to consider the future of Berlin and Germany, and the realization that ideas like Hitler's can't evaporate completely from the country. The directness of the end isn't humorous in any way if the film's intended impact has been felt in full."

The ideas still have affect to day in Germany. Though I think in a big way the Nuremberg trials were a year zero for Germany. Many Germans were still quite supportive or sympathetic to the Nazi movement until the atrocities came to light. An interesting point mentioned in the extras of Valkyrie (2008) covers the point that these individuals were considered treasonous by a large amount of Germans for several years after the war (and I believe those individuals are the only Germans to have a plaque dedicated to them for their WWII involvements) basically up until the trials.
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 02:47 PM

Paisan

Hm. I can't say I was over-enthused about this one. It's not that I think the film doesn't work, it's that I think it doesn't work as a whole. I'd almost suggest watching the film in two or three parts for maximum impact. After the first two or three films, I started to become numb to the emotional monotony that I found. The odd-man-out qualities of the monastery segment were a very welcome break from this. Having said that, I do feel that the final shots are nothing short of spectacular and haunting, and the opening segment was my favorite.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 04:06 PM

Paisan

... The odd-man-out qualities of the monastery segment were a very welcome break from this. ...


Did you notice the disappearing people in this segment (editing mistake or possibly missing footage where two background characters just flat out disappear during a conversation)?

This segment is awesome because it is a precursor to his later film The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) where both use real Franciscan monks (though can you remember if the extras stated that some of these were the same ones used in both films; the trivia statements on IMDB has both listed as different convents).

I think the traversal of the episodes from South Italy (Sicily) to Northern Italy was quite ingenious. Also the change of opinion of the Italian people and US/UK soldiers throughout each of the episodes is remarkable. Where they first are questionable about the "new invaders" motives, but later the US/UK soldiers will later die for the cause.
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Posted 15 December 2010 - 06:23 PM

Did you notice the disappearing people in this segment (editing mistake or possibly missing footage where two background characters just flat out disappear during a conversation)?


I noticed that. More than likely an editing mistake. It tripped me out when I saw it, though. I noticed something changed, but couldn't figure out what until I watched it again.

Paisan was the only film in this set I didn't absolutely love, and it was for the same reason Izo mentioned. It just doesn't work all that well as a whole. Part of that is because I felt some of the episodes were rather weak (including the monastery, which most people seem to like). The film is bookended by two wonderful episodes, however. Opens strong and ends strong. I also loved the one with the black American soldier and the street urchin. Along with the closing shot with the partisans being pushed overboard, the revelation that soldier has at the end of episode 2 is the most emotionally powerful scene of the film.

Even though Paisan was my least favorite in the set, it is still a pretty damn good film. But Rome Open City and Germany Year Zero are masterpieces. The last act of Germany Year Zero, the entire sequence of Edmund walking around the destroyed city, is one of my all time favorite movie moments.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 36, 37, 38, 40, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 64, [66, 67, 68, 69], 78, 81, 83, 85, [86, 87, 88], 95, 97, 99
101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 112, 113, 116, 117, 119, 120, 121, 123, [124, 125, 126, 127, 128], 129, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 143, 150, 153, 155, 156, 157, 159, 161, 162, 163, 166, [167, 168, 169], 171, 174, 175, [179, 180, 181], 182, 184, [185, 186, 187, 188], 189, 190, 193
200, 201, 202, [203, 204, 205, 206], [208, 209, 210, 211, 212], 217, 221, 222, 227, 228, 229, 233, 234, 237, 238, 239, [241, 242, 243, 244], 245, 246, 249, [250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256], 258, 259, [261, 262, 263, 264], 267, 271, 275, 289, 290
303, 304, 306, 310, 311, 312, 313, 316, 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 325, 334, 336, [342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348], 357, 358, 361, [364, 365, 366, 367, 368], [369, 370, 371, 372, 373], 378, 379, 381, 382, 385, [392, 393, 394, 395], 398
400, 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 408, 411, 414, 421, 422, 424, 425, 426, 436, 439, 441, 447, 449, 455, 466, 467, 468, 475, 478, 479, 480, 481, 483, 485, 486, 487, 493, 496, [497, 498, 499, 500]
501, 502, 503, 504, 505, [508, 509, 510, 511], 512, [517, 518], 519, 520, 521, 537, 538, 539, 541, 542, 543, [544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550], 553, 554, 555, 560

Eclipse:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26

#20 Izo

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:03 PM

I noticed that. More than likely an editing mistake. It tripped me out when I saw it, though. I noticed something changed, but couldn't figure out what until I watched it again.


Seems more likely that frames are missing. An editing mistake that big (I did notice it) would HAVE to be caught.




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