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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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(37 articles)
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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, 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
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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Good Morning, Night (2003)See more »

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Paisà: A Glimpse Into Reality, 27 April 2011
Author: Joshua Weatherl from United States

In terms of a historical film, Paisà encapsulates the war time experiences of many men, while maintaining a palpable "realness" that translates well to the world of film. A three part film (containing 6 chapters), Paisà is amazing in content, context and composition, with each element within the film taking a powerful role to make the film whit it is. In terms of narrative, the film can be difficult to follow at times, but not so much that the viewer ever feels lost within the story. It does not focus on one person, but, rather, seeks to show the experiences of many throughout parts of the war. The film aesthetic is gritty, and realistic, often allowing the camera to linger in spots that would make a grown man cringe. The composition breaks some traditional film aesthetics, following a documentary format, adding to the "real" feel of the film

All-in-all, Paisà is a classic.

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