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Give Us This Day (1949)

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 W. Moffett Jr. ...
Pasquale (as Charles Moffat)
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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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Christ in Concrete  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Without Love, You're Nothing
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Average story, see the film; great story, read the book
23 July 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I read the book about 2 years ago. It's a beautifully written and well told story of a son's love and devotion towards working, supporting his mother, upholding his deceased father's dignity, and surviving through the toughest of times, the great Depression. The book version told a story that I thought was easily adaptable to film, and when I saw that the movie version had been released as a DVD, I ran out and bought a TV, a DVD player and rented the film.

Now what astounds me is that, considering the great impact of the original story, and how easy as I say it would have been to simply tell it on the big screen, why did the filmmakers toss the whole thing out and produce a most conventional and predictable typical film of that era? This movie should really not be associated with the original novel- there's really very little comparison.

As an original story, average- 5/10. As an adaptation, poor- 2/10.


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