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Paisan (1946)

Paisà (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 29 March 1948 (USA)
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carmela (episode I: Sicilia)
Robert Van Loon ...
Joe, the American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Benjamin Emanuel ...
An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Raymond Campbell ...
An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Harold Wagner ...
Harry, a German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Albert Heinze ...
A German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Merlin Berth ...
Mats Carlson ...
Swede, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Leonard Parrish ...
An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia) (as Leonard Penish)
Dots Johnson ...
Joe - the American MP (episode II: Napoli) (as Dots M. Johnson)
Alfonsino Pasca ...
Pasquale (episode II: Napoli) (as Alfonsino)
Maria Michi ...
Francesca (episode III: Roma)
Gar Moore ...
Fred, an American soldier (episode III: Roma)
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Harriet, the nurse (episode IV: Firenze) (as Harriet White)
Renzo Avanzo ...
Massimo (episode IV: Firenze)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he's cynical, she's a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Writer and assistant director Federico Fellini can be noticed in a scene from Episode III ("Roma) as part of the crowd asking for water to an American soldier (Gar Moore), and soon after providing him acting instructions moving the head. See more »

Goofs

During night a GI lights up his lighter while following the rocky path through the lava canal. A flashlight might have been used in order to help increase the effect of the lighter being lit. When the soldier closes the lighter, the spot projected by the flashlight remains on for a fraction of a second, which is enough to observe the synchronization issue. See more »

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There was indeed a campaign of Italy...
14 April 2000 | by (Champ sur Drac, France) – See all my reviews

The allied armies are going North, pushing the Nazis back into Germany and siding with the Italian partisans to clean up the fascists remnants...

From Sicily to Salerno an Naples, into Rome, Florence, Emili Romagna and the flat marsh lands of the Po delta... 6 stories all of them so captivating of truth that they throw the ugliness of war right into your face, and your heart.

A sicilyan girl wants to avenge an US GI, a young street urchin drags a black MP in the caves of squalid Naples where he finds something he was not prepared for even coming from the deep South.... A nice girl turned into a prostitute into the Holy city... an US nurse learning looking for her pre-war lover... a monastery where a dozen of monks fast secretly in order to provide three US chaplains with a plate of food each... Food...the obsession of Italy in the mid and late 40's. The lack of food, not for one day but for nobody knows how long ! It turns your stomach upside down.

And the end is worse : the young endoctrinated Nazi officer gives the best of his teachings....

Watching Paisa is almost like watching an excellent documentary on war and the end of the fascist era in Italy. It should be shown in every High school.


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