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Senza pietà (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 July 1949 (France)
An African-American soldier stationing in Italy refuses to make a deal with local gangsters. However, when a girl he loves turns desperately to prostitution, Jerry is forced to change his mind to save her.

Director:

Alberto Lattuada

Writers:

Federico Fellini (screenplay), Federico Fellini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Del Poggio ... Angela Borghi
John Kitzmiller ... Jerry Jackson
Giulietta Masina ... Marcella
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Giacomo
Pierre Claudé Pierre Claudé ... Pier Luigi
Raf Pindi Raf Pindi ... Capitano sudamericano (as Lando Muzio)
Daniel Jones Daniel Jones ... Richard
Enza Giovine Enza Giovine ... Suor Gertrude
Otello Fava Otello Fava ... Dumb Man
Romano Villi Romano Villi ... Bandito
Max Lancia Max Lancia ... Cesare
Mario Perrone Mario Perrone ... Bandito
Paola Marchetti Paola Marchetti
Armando Libianchi Armando Libianchi
Carlo Bianco Carlo Bianco ... Barone Hoffman
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Storyline

An African-American soldier stationing in Italy refuses to make a deal with local gangsters. However, when a girl he loves turns desperately to prostitution, Jerry is forced to change his mind to save her.

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The Story of a Negro G.I. and a Girl Campfollower!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 July 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ohne Gnade See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lux Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The director was married to the leading star for over 60 years. See more »

Goofs

The final scene is supposed to take place early in the morning, but it was filmed in the afternoon, because of the sun position over the West Coast of Tuscany. Filming in the morning hours would have resulted in backlight problems. See more »

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Life is Not a A Circus
17 March 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

If this movie is at all well remembered or occasionally revived, it is not because of the director or stars. It is because one of its writers and assistant directors was Federico Fellini. Given his later success and directorial vehicles, it is sometimes forgotten that he rose to prominence as a writer of Italian neo-realism movies.

These movies were acclaimed for their efforts to show real people with real problems. In large part they were a response to much of the production facilities in Italy being destroyed in the war and money being in very short supply for film production after the war. If the only setting you have for your movie is the ruined street or the impoverished countryside, you can't ignore that reality in the script.

Director Alberto Lattuada, who had more of a career than promoting Fellini to co-director on VARIETY LIGHTS, directs very competently. Thee story might have played in Italy in 1948 as the story of a woman reduced to prostitution and her American GI lover, but the production people decided to make her lover Black, for shock value in the American market. Carla del Poggia as the woman overwhelmed by events, is excellent when contrasted with the cynicism everyone else in Italy seems to show. That gives this movie an upbeat, neo-realist message: things may be bad, but good people can find triumph in tragedy.


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