Rossellini’s goal was nothing less than to educate the entire world

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Rossellini’s goal was nothing less than to educate the entire world” – Martin Scorsese,

Foreword, Roberto Rossellini: Magician of the Real
It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say that, after him, film could never be the same again.”

Guardian UK



Street Date: 11/11/08

Order Date: 10/15/08
DVD SRP: $29.98

The latest installment of The Director’s Series, Lionsgate’s collection featuring works from exceptional film directors across the world, arrives this November with The Director’s Series: Rossellini 2-Disc Collector’s Edition. Famed filmmaker Roberto Rossellini was an innovator in the style of Italian cinema known as “Italian Neorealism,” which focused on stories of working-class Italians in post-World War II Italy. Often using non-actors, Rossellini crafted a technique that influenced the work of Vittorio De Sica, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini and, decades later, Martin Scorsese. The Director’s Series: Rossellini 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes two classic films never before available on DVD in the U.S. – Era Notte a Roma (Escape by Night), Golden Gate Award Winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival; and Dov’e la liberta? (Where is Freedom?), which was declared “Rossellini’s best film” by Cahiers du Cinema. Featuring stylish foil stamp packaging, The Director’s Series: Rossellini 2-Disc Collector’s Edition arrives on November 11, 2008 for the suggested retail price of $29.98.

    Era Notte a Roma (Escape by Night) Synopsis:

Described as “the Italian condition as understood by Rossellini after 15 years of ups and downs in the postwar world” by The New York Times and a “very intelligent work of enormous humanity” by Time Out, Era Notte a Roma is the story of three allied prisoners – a Russian, an American and an Englishman – who attempt to escape still-occupied Italy with the help of a young couple from Rome.


Leo Genn Quo Vadis, The Martyr, Cover Up, Escape to Nowhere

Giovanna Ralli Sunday Lunch, We All Loved Each Other So Much, The Escape

Sergeï Bondarchuk Uncle Vanya, Storm Over Russia, Musketeers 20 Years Later, Take-Off

Peter Baldwin The Weekend Murders, The Lady of the Lake, The Ghost

Sergio Fantoni The Accidental Detective, Private Affairs, Diabolically Yours, High Infidelity

Enrico Maria Salerno The Big Fox, An Ideal Adventure, A Gun for a Cop

Renato Salvatori Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, The Cricket, An Italian Woman

Laura Betti Happiness Costs Nothing, The Little Archimedes, Theorem

Rosalba Neri Blood River, The Arena, Libera, My Love, Smile Before Death

Paolo Stoppa Il Marchese del Grillo, The Gold of Naples, Becket, The Leopard

    Dov’e la liberta? (Where is Freedom?) Synopsis:

A barber convicted of murder spends 20 years in prison. Upon his release, he finds the changed world an unforgiving place and realizes the flaws in the family he left decades ago. Soon, he learns his only hope for peace is to find a way back behind bars. Cahiers du Cinema hailed Dov’e la liberta? As “Rossellini’s best film, and one of the few I completely love.”

Totò The Hawks and the Sparrows, Cops and Robbers, The Witches

Vera Molnar Gabriela. A Tale of Five Cities, Ulysses, My Friend the Thief

Nita Dover It’s a Dog’s Life, The Queen of Sheba, Women Without Names

Franca Faldini Are We Men or Corporals?, Poverty and Nobility, Forbidden Encounters

Giacomo Rondinella Melody of Love, Mother’s Heart, Neopolitan Carousel

Leopoldo Trieste The Star Maker, Cinema Paradiso: The New Version, The Name of the Rose

Ines Florentini Feature Film Debut

Eugenio Orlandi Feature Film Debut

Ines Targas Feature Film Debut

Mario Castellani Specialists, Of Life and Love, The Anatomy of Love, Latin Lovers


Year of Production: Era Notte a Roma: 1960

Dov’e la liberta?: 1954

Title Copyright: Era Notte a Roma: © 1960 STUDIOCANAL – GOLDEN STAR INTERNATIONAL (Italy).

All Rights Reserved.

Dov’e la liberta?: © 1988 DEG Sale Company B-V, a subsidiary of Canal+. All Rights


Type: Special Edition

Rating: NR

Genre: Era Notte a Roma: Drama

Dov’e la liberta?: Comedy/Drama

Closed Captioned: None

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Format: Full Screen

Feature Running Time: Era Notte a Roma: 134 minutes

Dov’e la liberta?: 91 minutes

DVD Audio Status: Era Notte a Roma: Mono

Dov’e la liberta?: Stereo
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