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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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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)
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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The film is divided in six episodes simply called 'Episode I', 'Episode II' etc. The action of the six different stories takes place, respectively, in Sicily (Episode I), Naples (Episode II), Rome (Episode III), Florence (Episode IV), a monastery in the Appenine Range (Episode V), Porte Tolle in the Po delta (Episode VI). 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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