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Release Date:
29 March 1948 (USA) See more »
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
William Tubbs ... Captain Bill Martin - the catholic chaplain (episode V: Appennino Emiliano) (as Bill Tubbs)
Dale Edmonds ... Dale - the OSS agent (episode VI: Porto Tolle)
John Whaling Allen ... An American soldier (episode VI: Porto Tolle) (as Allan)
Dan ... An American soldier (episode VI: Porto Tolle)
Roberto Van Loel ... A German soldier (episode VI: Porto Tolle) (as Van Loel)
Cigolani ... A partisan (episode VI: Porto Tolle)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giulio Panicali ... Narrator (voice)
Iride Belli ... A soldier (uncredited)
Lorena Berg ... Amalia (episode III: Roma) (uncredited)
Pippo Bonazzi ... A soldier (episode II: Napoli) (uncredited)
Gianfranco Corsini ... A partisan (episode IV: Firenze) (uncredited)
Fattori ... A soldier (uncredited)
Elmer Feldman ... Captain Feldman, the jewish chaplain (episode V: Appennino Emiliano) (uncredited)
Gigi Gori ... The dying partisan (episode IV: Firenze) (uncredited)
Newell Jones ... Captain Jones, the protestant chaplain (episode V: Appennino Emiliano) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Tony (uncredited)

Giulietta Masina ... The young woman on the palace stairs (episode IV: Firenze) (uncredited)
Carlo Pisacane ... The old man from Gela (episode I: Sicilia) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
Writing credits
Sergio Amidei (story) (as S. Amidei) &
Klaus Mann (story) (as Klauss Mann) &
Federico Fellini (story) (as F. Fellini) &
Marcello Pagliero (story) (as M. Pagliero) &
Alfred Hayes (story) (as V. Hayes)

Sergio Amidei  screenplay and dialogue &
Federico Fellini  screenplay and dialogue &
Roberto Rossellini  screenplay and dialogue and
Rod E. Geiger  screenplay collaboration (as Rod Geiger)

Vasco Pratolini  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Rod E. Geiger .... producer
Roberto Rossellini .... producer
Mario Conti .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
Cinematography by
Otello Martelli 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Production Management
Augusto Dolfi .... production supervisor (as A. Dolfi)
Ugo Lombardi .... production manager
Alberto Manni .... production supervisor (as A. Manni)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eugenia Handamir .... assistant director (as E. Hadamir)
Annalena Limentani .... assistant director (as A. Limentani)
Federico Fellini .... assistant director (uncredited)
Massimo Mida .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ovidio Del Grande .... sound
Valerio Secondini .... audio restorer
Other crew
Annalena Limentani .... english dialogues
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Paisà" - Italy (original title)
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USA:120 min | 134 min (restored version) | Italy:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Italy:T | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #4698)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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76 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
I have lived this story, and my heart cries every time i see this picture, 30 August 2000
Author: spaba from Turin, Italy

This movie is the masterpiece of Roberto Rossellini, more than Roma città aperta. I was eleven when this story happened, I saw the Nazi troop burn the little town where I lived, I saw my mother kneeling and begging a Nazi soldier not to kill us, and I saw the German saying You bastard italian, alles kaputt. All the stories of this movie are true, the little boy who is alone in Napoli, the Roman girl who loves the GI arrived and after became a bitch (is more difficult to win the peace than the war), the story in Florence, you think to be in August 44, the British officer who speakes of the poor jerries that destroys all the world around them, the execution of the fascist sniper, peoples running in the Gallery of Uffizi. But the most moving is the final episode,one can feel the fear, the smell of death, the courage of the partisans and of the O.S.S., Popsky army and San Marco men. Now, when many people has forgotten the horror of war, the cruelty of men, the courage of few, this picture should be projected as a memory of things that we don want to see anymore. My name is Bruno Signorelli, I am 67 and I have seen what means the war, especially the guerrilla war.

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