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Paisan (1946)

Paisà (original title)
The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

Director:

Roberto Rossellini

Writers:

Sergio Amidei (story) (as S. Amidei), Federico Fellini (story) (as F. Fellini) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmela Sazio ... Carmela (episode I: Sicilia)
Robert Van Loon Robert Van Loon ... Joe, the American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Benjamin Emanuel Benjamin Emanuel ... An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Raymond Campbell Raymond Campbell ... An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Harold Wagner Harold Wagner ... Harry, a German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Albert Heinze Albert Heinze ... A German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Merlin Berth Merlin Berth ... Merlin, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Mats Carlson Mats Carlson ... Swede, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
Leonard Parrish Leonard Parrish ... An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia) (as Leonard Penish)
Dots Johnson Dots Johnson ... Joe - the American MP (episode II: Napoli) (as Dots M. Johnson)
Alfonsino Pasca Alfonsino Pasca ... Pasquale (episode II: Napoli) (as Alfonsino)
Maria Michi ... Francesca (episode III: Roma)
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Fred, an American soldier (episode III: Roma) (as Gar Moore)
Harriet Medin ... Harriet, the nurse (episode IV: Firenze) (as Harriet White)
Renzo Avanzo Renzo Avanzo ... Massimo (episode IV: Firenze)
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Storyline

Enmeshed with the Italian Campaign during the liberation of Italy between 1943-1944, six distinct but unconnected episodes unfold. Starting off from Sicily, a local girl, Carmela, guides a band of American soldiers through a minefield with devastating results, while in Naples, Pasquale, the orphaned child of war, after stealing the boots of an inebriated African-American G.I., is followed back to his war-battered town. Then, in liberated Rome, the impoverished young prostitute, Francesca, waits for the American soldier who fell in love with six months before, and in Florence, during a battle across Ponte Vecchio, Harriet, a US wartime nurse, risks her life to reunite with her lover. Next, three army chaplains spend the night at a Roman Catholic monastery, however, only one of them is a Catholic. Finally, on the banks of Po River, American OSS officers and Italian Partisans fight the Nazis, after saving two downed English pilots. Written by Nick Riganas

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The Lives and Loves of G.I.'s in Italy! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | German | Sicilian

Release Date:

29 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paisan See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paisan (1946) was the opening film at the First Edinburgh International Festival of Documentary Films (now the Edinburgh Film Festival) in 1947, alongside Georges Rouquier Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons (1946). See more »

Goofs

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 »


Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

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An Essential War Film
3 March 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he's cynical, she's a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.

Rossellini engaged six writers, each of whom was to write one episode: Klaus Mann, Marcello Pagliero, Sergio Amidei, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hayes, and Vasco Pratolini. Each episode took place in a different location. The script notwithstanding, Rossellini often improvised with the actors and rewrote the stories as they were being filmed. For the first episode filmed in Sicily, Rossellini discarded the script and coached the non-professional, illiterate lead actress Carmela Sazio to a performance that received critical praise.

I love the variety of views on World War II. What is especially interesting is how we start with the point of view of the Allies. For much of the war, Italy was not an Ally but was ruled by Mussolini, who gravitated towards Hitler. (Though Italy was the least "evil" of Germany, Japan and Italy.) So this film seemingly champions the recent enemy...


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