ROMA CITTÀ LIBERA (Marcello Pagliero, 1946)

Writer-director Marcello Pagliero’s Roma città libera presents a grim portrait of postwar Rome. It is 1945, and the city, having been liberated by the Americans, is “free”; but life isn’t easy. Three impoverished individuals exemplify this fact: a career burglar; his potential mark, a man whose suicide attempt the burglar, since he happens to be […]

ROSETTA (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 1999)

Émilie Dequenne (best actress, Cannes) is vivid as fiercely defensive Rosetta, the titular protagonist of the first of two films to garner Belgium’s writing-directing Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, the Palme d’Or at Cannes. (Since then, the pair have won the top prize again for L’enfant, 2005, and the screenplay prize for Lorna’s Silence, 2008.) […]