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Paisan (1946)
"Paisà" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 March 1948 (USA)
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Attraverso sei episodi distinti ed indipendenti uno dall'altro, il film rievoca l'avanzata delle truppe alleate in Italia. Il primo parla di un episodio dello sbarco in Sicilia : una ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmela Sazio ...
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 ...
Merlin, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
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)
Harriet Medin ...
Harriet, the nurse (episode IV: Firenze) (as Harriet White)
Renzo Avanzo ...
Massimo (episode IV: Firenze)
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Attraverso sei episodi distinti ed indipendenti uno dall'altro, il film rievoca l'avanzata delle truppe alleate in Italia. Il primo parla di un episodio dello sbarco in Sicilia : una ragazza siciliana fraternizza con un soldato americana. Entrambi sono uccisi dai tedeschi, ma gli americani la crederanno una traditrice. Poi ci troviamo a Napoli, protagonisti un soldato nero ed uno scugnizzo napoletano, che gli ruba le scarpe. Il terzo episodio si svolge a Roma, dove una ragazza, costretta dalla fame a prostituirsi, ritrova il soldato americano che la aveva messa incinta, ma lui non vorr' incontrarla. A Firenze, una infermiera inglese vaga per la citt' martoriata alla ricerca di un partigiano che ama. Il quinto si svolge in un piccolo convento, dove tre monaci di differenti professioni sono ospitati dai monaci locali. L'ultimo esalta la coraggiosa opera dei partigiani italiani, spesso vittime dei nazisti, nelle paludi della Valle Padana. Written by rosebud6

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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 »

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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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A Great Representation of Film & Italian History
1 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen "The Bicycle Thieves" I was aware of Italian Neo-Realism as a film movement. The film is divided up into six sections with none of the stories crossing over to the other. I wished that the film was one cohesive story but I may have felt this way because of my previous viewing of "Bicycle Thieves." I have always liked the idea of Italian Neo-realism and its ability to capture stories in a realistic way. This is a really great example of an almost documentary style of filmmaking. The cities are real and so are the people. This makes the film more interesting to watch as it is in such a natural state. The characters in each story, particularly the sections that involve children were what moved me the most. Knowing that all of these stories most likely happened at some point makes this film very powerful to see. Even when I was reading previous reviews of the film, it was obvious that many people from other countries truly connected with this film because of how realistic it is. I am lucky enough to say I never experienced any of this turmoil but I can only imagine what kind of intensity the film would bring to my own life had I related to these characters. I would say this isn't my favorite representation of Italian Neo- realism but it is a great glimpse into the history of Italy as well as the history of cinema.


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