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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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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 Fine Dramatic Representation of American Liberation in Italy
21 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film was well done for what Rosselini had. Although I was never a fan of many of these films done with left-over soldiers and bad actors to show what real-life people were like, "Paisan" definitely shows the unity of people joined in a cause. Each episode of the American progress north through Italy the American/Italian relationship become a little more united. Until, finally, in the Po River Valley, the Americans and the Italians are almost indistinguishable from one another. It conveys a good message through a good medium.

The on-location shooting was a plus, too. For people who have been to Firenze, Napoli, Sicilia, Roma, or any of the locations in this film, it is a stunning sight to see places you know crawling with Nazis and Allies struggling. It endows the movie with a sense of realism that it needs badly. It needs this realism because the acting is horrendous. Of course, the unskilled acting was supposed to convey more realism, but I think it detracts in actuality.

If you are interested in history or Italy during the World War, see this film. It is a good representation of what life was like then, but beware that not everything could be represented ... so it is not all-inclusive. It is a long film, but anyone with an interest will enjoy it immensely, I think.


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