Staff A-Z of Film: G is for… (pt.3)

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WILLIAM SAYS G IS FOR: Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)

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‘I see this film as a prayer from Rossellini to the postwar world, a prayer for compassion’ – Martin Scorsese. More last gasp than prayer, Martin. Inadvertent last rites? Perhaps. Bazin said “not a movie but a sketch, a rough draft of a work Rossellini hasn’t given us.” Rossellini gestures; man is the bastard. Quiet, confident desperation here.

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