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Paisan (1946)
"Paisà" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  29 March 1948 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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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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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Trivia

The film project started in 1945 as a collection of seven stories of American soldiers after their landing on Sicily, and their relationships with Italian people. In December 1945, it was announced on the newspapers as "Sette Americani". 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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Paisà: A Glimpse Into Reality
27 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In terms of a historical film, Paisà encapsulates the war time experiences of many men, while maintaining a palpable "realness" that translates well to the world of film. A three part film (containing 6 chapters), Paisà is amazing in content, context and composition, with each element within the film taking a powerful role to make the film whit it is. In terms of narrative, the film can be difficult to follow at times, but not so much that the viewer ever feels lost within the story. It does not focus on one person, but, rather, seeks to show the experiences of many throughout parts of the war. The film aesthetic is gritty, and realistic, often allowing the camera to linger in spots that would make a grown man cringe. The composition breaks some traditional film aesthetics, following a documentary format, adding to the "real" feel of the film

All-in-all, Paisà is a classic.


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