Rossellini’s follow-up to Rome, Open City is a compendium of six episodes that focus on a series of cross-cultural encounters during the Battle of Italy. Among the most poignant sequences are a story set on the coast of Sicily as an American G.I. and a local girl attempt to elude a group of German soldiers and a vignette in which a black G.I. in Naples tries to recover his stolen boots, only to be shocked by the miserable conditions in which the young thief and his compatriots live.
Produced as part of the centennial celebration of the birth of her father Roberto, Isabella Rossellini offers a loving and humorous tribute to one of the masters of Italian neorealism.