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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (story) &
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Release Date:
29 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(37 articles)
New on Video: ‘I vinti’
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One of the Most Influential Films Ever Made at London's BFI Southbank
 (From Alt Film Guide. 10 March 2014, 8:30 PM, PDT)

Martin Scorsese's Top 10 Criterion Films
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Rossellini: An important figure in the development of the cinema.. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)
Allan ... An American soldier (episode VI: Porto Tolle)
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, an American Soldier (episode I) (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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Runtime:
USA:120 min | 134 min (restored version) | Italy:125 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Italy:T | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #4698)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Rossellini: An important figure in the development of the cinema.., 21 September 2002

Often dismissed as a founder of Italian Neo-Realism whose career degenerated either at the start or the end of his much publicized relationship with Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini remains one of the most underrated directors in cinema history...

Exploring the links between fiction and documentary, observation and education, and the individual and society, he was an important figure in the development of the cinema...

Rossellini said of the film: 'In Paisá there were two worlds which came into contact, each with a different psychology and mental structure. From this contact was born a great confusion; so much so that in the end there were neither victors nor vanquished, there remained only the everyday heroism of the man who clings to life. And who lives, despite everything, whether he is one of the victors or one of the vanquished.'

Rossellini followed 'Rome Open City' with the equally impressive Paisá, whose six, often barely dramatic stories of part-comic, part tragic encounters between Italians, Germans and liberating Americans were rooted in specific locations (the Po Valley, the Uffizi Gallery), but were universal in their portrait of an entire nation destroyed and divided by war...

Already Rossellini's taste for long, mobile takes in long shot (rather than montage and close-up) gave evidence of his desire to relate individuals to the world around them...

In using a number of non-professional cast, and combining them with his improvisatory techniques, Rossellini get an universally acclaimed human document of rare quality and compassion...

Georges Sadoul wrote that Rossellini had 'damned the horrors that war had brought to his country and his heart cry was emotionally and enthusiastically understood around the entire world.'

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