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I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing:

Rome: Open City (Photo: Criterion Collection)

Rome: Open City
(Photo: Criterion Collection)

Rome: Open City helped change the way movies were made. It’s a gripping fictional story of Italian resistance fighters during World War II, but it has the look and feel of a documentary. Director Roberto Rossellini took to the streets to make the film almost as soon as Nazi tanks rolled out of Rome in 1945. The ruined buildings, the dusty vehicles, the worn-looking people in the background are exactly what you would have seen were you to walk the streets of newly liberated Rome.

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