GenreDrama, War Running time2h 31m LanguageItalian
WriterSergio Amidei, Diego Fabbri Release date31 July 1960 (1960-07-31) ScreenplayRoberto Rossellini, Sergio Amidei, Brunello Rondi, Diego Fabbri CastGiovanna Ralli (Esperia Beli), Renato Salvatori (Renato Balducci), Leo Genn (Michael Pemberton), Sergey Bondarchuk (Fyodor Nazukov), Peter Baldwin (Peter Bradley), Paolo Stoppa (Prince Alessandro Antoniani) Similar moviesDirected by Roberto Rossellini, Movies about Italy, World War II movies
Era notte a Roma is a 1960 Italian war film epic directed by Roberto Rossellini. In France the film is known as Les Évadés de la nuit, and in the USA Escape by Night. It is also known internationally as Blackout in Rome.
In keeping with his previous film Generale Della Rovere, filmmaker Roberto Rossellini pursues a wartime theme in this 145-minute "personal epic" Era notte a Roma. The story concerns three Allied POWS, who escape from their camp and hide out in Rome. The trio is given shelter by a beautiful young woman. The three prisoners (one is Russian, one English, one American) display a genuine warmth towards each other that probably is meant to reflect the three countries' joint effort against Nazi Germany. Their effort is depicted heroically as they escaped together and helped each other in their joint quest to rejoin their respective armies. For reasons that remain obscure, Era Notte a Roma was never initially given a widespread American release.
Giovanna Ralli ... Esperia Belli
Renato Salvatori ... Renato Balducci
Leo Genn ... Major Michael Pemberton (British)
Sergei Bondarchuk ... Sgt. Fyodor Nazukov (Russian)