Without Pity (1948)
"Senza pietà" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Del Poggio ...
Angela Borghi
John Kitzmiller ...
Jerry Jackson
Folco Lulli ...
Pierre Claudé ...
Pier Luigi
Lando Muzio ...
Capitano sudamericano
Daniel Jones ...
Enza Giovine ...
Suor Gertrude
Otello Fava ...
Dumb Man
Romano Villi ...
Max Lancia ...
Mario Perrone ...
Paola Marchetti
Armando Libianchi
Carlo Bianco ...
Barone Hoffman


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The Story of a Negro G.I. and a Girl Campfollower!


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Release Date:

5 September 1948 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ohne Gnade  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sister Gertrude (Enza Giovine) was based on a real person. She was a nun who cared for young women in the 5th Pavillion of Livorno Hospital. See more »


The final scene was filmed with two units and the wide shot shows, top left, all the crew of the second unit, plus the camera. See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Life is Not a A Circus
17 March 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

If this movie is at all well remembered or occasionally revived, it is not because of the director or stars. It is because one of its writers and assistant directors was Federico Fellini. given his later success and directorial vehicles, it is sometimes forgotten that he rose to prominence as a writer of Italian neo-realism movies.

These movies were acclaimed for their efforts to show real people with real problems. In large part they were a response to much of the production facilities in Italy being destroyed in the war and money being in very short supply for film production after the war. If the only setting you have for your movie is the ruined street or the impoverished countryside, you can't ignore that reality in the script.

Director Alberto Lattuada, who had more of a career than promoting Fellini to co-director on VARIETY LIGHTS, directs very competently. Thee story might have played in Italy in 1948 as the story of a woman reduced to prostitution and her American GI lover, but the production people decided to make her lover Black, for shock value in the American market. Carla del Poggia as the woman overwhelmed by events, is excellent when contrasted with the cynicism everyone else in Italy seems to show. That gives this movie an upbeat, neo-realist message: things may be bad, but good people can find triumph in tragedy.

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