The New Pictures, Sep. 26, 1949

Germany Year Zero (Superfilm) is the latest completed work of Producer-Director Roberto Rossellini, the best-known moviemaker' of the Italian postwar movie renaissance, which has produced films noted for their graphic realism and flamboyantly sentimental ideas. The reputation of Rossellini (Open City, Paisan) is based on the sharp break his films make with the theater. By concentrating on life as it looks outside theaters, he has discredited the old vocabulary of strained gesture, studio-built set, and self-conscious lighting that the movies inherited from their respected ancestor.

The traditional movie follows the stage practice of...

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