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      Escape by Night

      1960 2h 18m Drama War List
      Reviews 94% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Russian Nazukov (Sergei Bondarchuk), Englishman Pemberton (Leo Genn) and American Bradley (Peter Baldwin) escape together from an Axis prison camp and make their way to Rome. They are given refuge by a charismatic nun who turns out to actually be a black marketeer named Esperia (Giovanna Ralli), who is sympathetic to their anti-Fascist beliefs. Hiding in her attic, the Allied soldiers gain an intimate look at the struggle of the Italian partisans while negotiating their own cultural differences. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Stylishly filmed in black-and-white, and effectively mixes together neorealism, film noir and didactic lessons in patriotism. Rated: B Mar 13, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      walter m "Era Notte A Roma" is set in Italy in 1943 where a group of nuns accept three escaped allied prisoners, Michael Pemberton(Leo Genn), Fyodor Nazukov(Sergei Bondarchuk) and Peter Bradley(Peter Baldwin), trying to get back to their units, in exchange for buying heavily discounted food. The men find themselves in Rome the following morning under the care of Esperia(Giovanna Ralli) who while possibly a lady, is certainly not a nun, as she makes her living through the black market. Reluctant at first at taking the men in, she still feels a responsibility for them and gets a doctor(Enrico Maria Salerno) to care for Peter's badly injured knee. "Era Notte A Roma" is an emotionally resonant and suspenseful look at Italy during wartime specifically and the rules of hospitality in general.(Is it any coincidence that the movie is partially set at Christmas?) In short, in exchange for accepting generosity, try not to overstay your welcome at the same time. There is one telling exchange where the characters mull about how Fascism can succeed in a country where there are apparently no Fascists.(There is a similar exchange in the novel of "Catch-22" and "The Conformist" would build a whole movie around the theme.) Director Roberto Rossellini smartly explains that in his country of Italy, the people follow the leader, like most places, while also following their hearts, even at the risk of a firing squad. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Uno dei Rossellini che ho apprezzato di più. Bellissimi soprattutto i personaggi e la situazione ( la diversa nazionalità, la difficoltà di capirsi parlando lingue diverse, la solidarietà e i rapporti umani nati in una situazione così difficile). Bravi tutti gli attori e bella fotografia in bianco e nero, con le vedute dei tetti di Roma e San Pietro. Grande Leo Genn. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the unconventional movies of the time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Russian Nazukov (Sergei Bondarchuk), Englishman Pemberton (Leo Genn) and American Bradley (Peter Baldwin) escape together from an Axis prison camp and make their way to Rome. They are given refuge by a charismatic nun who turns out to actually be a black marketeer named Esperia (Giovanna Ralli), who is sympathetic to their anti-Fascist beliefs. Hiding in her attic, the Allied soldiers gain an intimate look at the struggle of the Italian partisans while negotiating their own cultural differences.
      Director
      Roberto Rossellini
      Production Co
      Cineriz
      Genre
      Drama, War
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 12, 2015
      Runtime
      2h 18m