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Give Us This Day (1949)

Passed  -  Drama  -  21 July 1950 (West Germany)
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »

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Lea Padovani ...
Kathleen Ryan ...
Kathleen
Charles Goldner ...
Luigi
Bonar Colleano ...
Julio
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Giovanni (as Bill Sylvester)
George Pastell ...
The lucy (as Nino Pastellides)
Philo Hauser ...
Head of Pig
Sidney James ...
Murdin
Karel Stepanek ...
Jaroslav
Ina De La Haye ...
Dame Katarina
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Julio's wife
Ronan O'Casey ...
Bastian
Robert Rietty ...
Pietro
Charles Moffat ...
Pasquale
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to tell a Congressional Committee whether or not he was, or had ever been, a member of the Communist Party. This is a 'runaway production' shot in England for political reasons and not for the usual USA tax-break reasons. Geremio, a young Italian immigrant to New York City, works as a bricklayer and is courting an Italian girl, Annunziata, by mail. He lies to her that he owns his own home and, after they are married, has to rent one for their three-day honeymoon. The years pass and they are unable to save enough money to get out of their slum tenement, and the 1929 depression brings even harder times to the family that now includes three children. Geremio, in order to make enough money to care for his family, exploits his "comrades" in dangerous construction work. This practice leads to the accidental ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 July 1950 (West Germany)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was barely released in the US because the American Legion demanded that its distributor, Eagle-Lion Pictures, pull it from release (they objected to its "anti-Christian" title and the fact that its director, Edward Dmytryk, was accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee of being a Communist) or face a boycott of all of its films. Eagle-Lion retitled the picture "Salt to the Devil", but that didn't mollify the American Legion, so the company pulled the picture. See more »

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Hard-hitting film
9 December 1999 | by (Bloomington, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This rarely seen, hard-hitting film combines Depression-era melodrama with noir and social realist sensibilities. A Brooklyn bricklayer struggles to fulfill the American Dream, but his efforts seem increasingly futile in the face of modern capitalism's socioeconomic indifference. Features impressive acting, cinematography, and writing; unforgettable opening and closing sequences. Christ in Concrete was made in England by the exiled director Edward Dmytryk, one of the blacklisted Hollywood 10.


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