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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (story) &
Klaus Mann (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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Six effective vignettes in the ruins of Italy See more (32 total) »

Cast

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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)
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 (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
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Italy:T | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #4698)
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Trivia:
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 »
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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Six effective vignettes in the ruins of Italy, 16 July 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

It's six vignettes of the Allied invasion of Italy. There is humor, romance, poignancy, drama and most of all there is tragedy. Together the six stories stitch together a mosaic that is hopefully as enduring as one of the great artwork of history.

An American recon squad enters a Sicilian village. One of them comes from a Sicilian background. Local girl Carmela guides them past German mines taking shelter in an old ruin. Joe stays with Carmela as the rest of the squad explores and they are surprised by a small squad of Germans. Carmela Sazio is very stiff as an actress. She's an amateur and there's value in that. However her character has a lot of emoting to do and she has trouble doing it.

A group of street performing kids in Naples find drunken negro soldier Joe. Pasquale takes him around and they have an adventure. The poor kid steals from him. He turns out to be an MP and later he finds Pasquale. He is angry and drags Pasquale back home. The poverty of his home convinces Joe to leave him the boots. The kids are terrific and in this case, it's unlikely to get better actor than this amateur kid.

In a liberated Rome, American GI Fred spends the night with prostitute Francesca. He has been searching for a woman he met 6 months ago and she realizes that she's actually that woman. This is a great story but I'm not sure it's set up right. It would be great to see them 6 months earlier.

Half of Florence is liberated. All but one bridge has been blown and the partisans are struggling against the Germans. American nurse Harriet is desperate to get across to find her love. She is joined by Massimo looking for his family. The location shoot of them sneaking around an abandoned Florence is amazing.

A monastery escapes damage from the war and is visited by three American chaplains. Catholic Captain Bill Martin translates but the monks are shocked to find the other two are a Protestant and a Jew. The monks intent on converting the two disbelievers.

It's the closing stage of the war in Europe, American OSS and Italian partisans are struggling behind German lines in the Po delta. Supplies are dwindling and the fight is deadly. They rescue two downed British airmen. They are ambushed and captured. This is the most brutal of the stories and it ends the movie with its most brutal scenes.

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