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Paisan (1946)

Paisà (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 29 March 1948 (USA)
The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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)
... Francesca (episode III: Roma)
Joseph Garland Moore Jr. ... Fred, an American soldier (episode III: Roma) (as Gar Moore)
... Harriet, the nurse (episode IV: Firenze) (as Harriet White)
Renzo Avanzo ... Massimo (episode IV: Firenze)
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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 film is divided in six episodes simply called 'Episode I', 'Episode II' etc. The action of the six different stories takes place, respectively, in Sicily (Episode I), Naples (Episode II), Rome (Episode III), Florence (Episode IV), a monastery in the Appenine Range (Episode V), Porte Tolle in the Po delta (Episode VI). See more »

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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 »


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A Great Representation of Film & Italian History
1 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Having seen "The Bicycle Thieves" I was aware of Italian Neo-Realism as a film movement. The film is divided up into six sections with none of the stories crossing over to the other. I wished that the film was one cohesive story but I may have felt this way because of my previous viewing of "Bicycle Thieves." I have always liked the idea of Italian Neo-realism and its ability to capture stories in a realistic way. This is a really great example of an almost documentary style of filmmaking. The cities are real and so are the people. This makes the film more interesting to watch as it is in such a natural state. The characters in each story, particularly the sections that involve children were what moved me the most. Knowing that all of these stories most likely happened at some point makes this film very powerful to see. Even when I was reading previous reviews of the film, it was obvious that many people from other countries truly connected with this film because of how realistic it is. I am lucky enough to say I never experienced any of this turmoil but I can only imagine what kind of intensity the film would bring to my own life had I related to these characters. I would say this isn't my favorite representation of Italian Neo- realism but it is a great glimpse into the history of Italy as well as the history of cinema.


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