When I was younger I could take the easy way.
But as I have grown older I have found that increasingly impossible.
In moments of weakness I think of money. A job. Adventure.
But none of that really matters.
What matters is our fellow human beings.
Dear friends, this film (Rome, Open City) is an extremely moving experience.
What I try to bring to you as an amateur film critic are the words of a man immersed in the film…baptized…in the experience of each film.
Most pieces of cinema are not worth this effort, but occasionally a film is worth every minute…every second…every tear shed.
Roma città aperta is a masterpiece from director Roberto Rossellini. This is a very famous film because of the milieu in which it was made.
WWII was not even over. You can imagine how hard it must have been to get film stock (film for the camera) while Europe was in flames and Italy was a defeated country occupied by the Allies.
But this film tells of Italy occupied by the Nazis (and, indeed, Rome was occupied by the Nazis prior to American occupation).
But all of these descriptions I’m giving you…they mean nothing.
What you must understand about this film is that it did something which no film before it had done.
This film was infused with the sorrow of the World Wars, but was presented as one would present a documentary.
Hence the name neorealism.
Anna Magnani is so beautiful, but not glamorous. She is beautiful because she is believable. It takes a philosophical film director to deliver such a performance. It also takes a hell of an actress!
Roma città aperta is like an opera by Mascagni or Leoncavallo. Verismo!
Act I ends with Magnani running after her fiancé. The SS have literally come to take him away. And her weaving, desperate run became an iconic film moment which wouldn’t be adequately interpolated back into the cinematic discussion till Jean-Paul Belmondo took the entire Rue Campagne-Première to die in À Bout de souffle.
Godard was young. À Bout de souffle was his first film.
Godard took the easy way. Postmodernism.
A bit from here and a bit from there. Voila!
But later Godard grew a conscience. And his conscience helped him find himself kicked to the curb of the film industry.
In our film, Aldo Fabrizi is the voice of conscience.
He plays the priest don Pietro.
He’s not your average priest.
This is a guy who stands against the Nazis.
Don Pietro helps the resistance.
Don Pietro gives and gives and gives and asks nothing.
He is a true man of God…a true humanitarian.
He helps anyone in need…atheists, communists, it doesn’t matter.
But one thing is important.
Don Pietro has made a value judgment concerning the Nazis.
He has discerned who the enemy is.
That is a large step.
Today, we are told every day who our enemy is supposed to be.
The worst offender is Fox News, but the other networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) are all equally devoid of journalistic merit.
As for the print media, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post are completely worthless.
If you lived in Nazi Germany, you would have been bombarded with propaganda about how the Jews were the enemy and how the Jews were responsible for every conceivable ill in society.
That was, of course, untrue.
In America today, we are told (particularly by the infantile Fox News) that Islam and Muslims are the enemy and that every conceivable problem in the world today relates back to this group.
This is, obviously, untrue.
The other three/five networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) are more eager to push gun control (something which Hitler would no doubt have applauded).
And so, I propose to you, dear readers that what we are seeing in the world today is an array of psychological operations which mirror something about which Italy knows only too well: Operation Gladio.
But I propose to you that what we are seeing nowadays are multiple Gladios run by gently-warring factions of the New World Order.
The biggest Gladio in operation (a series of false-flag attacks accompanied by fake wars) is the one being run by the neoconservative faction of the New World Order (including several prominent Zionists who, despite holding high U.S. government offices [and Top Secret clearances], held dual citizenship during their terms of service to the U.S. with Israel and the U.S.). This Gladio brought you the Paris attacks. This Gladio is responsible for the War “on” Terror (including the synthetic Arab army/marketing confection known as ISIS). And finally, this Gladio almost certainly brought you the San Bernardino shooting as well.
The main goal of the neoconservative Gladio is endless war. It is a macro operation. It operates on the level of geopolitics. War profiteering, oil, drugs… The neoconservative Gladio brought you the mother of all false-flags: 9/11.
On the other hand is the liberal Gladio. The liberal Gladio brought you Sandy Hook (their masterpiece). Their other suspected jobs are Aurora (the Batman shooter) and Umpqua. It wouldn’t be a stretch to also include the OKC bombing and the Waco massacre of the Branch Davidians. But focusing on the first three cases alone (Sandy Hook, Aurora, Umpqua), it is very clear that the liberal Gladio has as its main goal gun control.
The liberal Gladio is operating on a micro (or domestic) level. The San Bernardino shooting was meant to make Obama look soft on crime. The neocon gang which engineered the shooting exhibited perfect timing as Obama had recently announced an initiative to reclaim MRAPs from local law enforcement across the country (in response to police abuse of power). The neocons took a page out of the liberal false-flags-for-gun-control playbook on this one, but the main goal was endless war. [This, of course, didn’t prevent Obama from trying to leverage the event to prop up HIS faction’s agenda.]
The unfortunate equation is that neither side can expose the deeds of the opposing side because they are both dealing in untruths. Obama has, up until now, squandered his opportunity to bring the neocons of the Bush administration to task for 9/11 and the fraudulent War “on” Terror. Indeed, Obama has only proven that he himself is a fraud down to his very core.
The layers-upon-layers of lies in the United States cannot hold. Snowden pierced the veil. Only those with a conscience can save us now.