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 ...
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »
Karen, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the volcano, is a tough one and Karen cannot get used to it.
The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their ... See full summary »
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.
Vittorio De Sica
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
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 »
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 »
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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