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Without Pity (1948)

Senza pietà (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Carla Del Poggio ... Angela Borghi
John Kitzmiller ... Jerry Jackson
Giulietta Masina ... Marcella
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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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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Trivia

Sister Gertrude (Enza Giovine) was based on a real person. She was a nun who cared for young women in the 5th Pavillion of Livorno Hospital. See more »

Goofs

The final scene was filmed with two units and the wide shot shows, top left, all the crew of the second unit, plus the camera. See more »

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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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It's all in the family...
24 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Without Pity" is an unusual film because it's really a family affair. Not only did the director, Alberto Lattuada direct his wife, Carla Del Poggio, in the leading role, but the film's writer, Federico Fellini, and one of the supporting actresses, Giulietta Masina, were also married! This is very unusual to say the least.

This film stars John Kitzmiller as an American soldier who falls in love with an Italian. This hit close to home, as Kitzmiller (famous for his role in "Dr. No") was an American soldier who stayed in Italy at the end of the war because he fell for and married an Italian woman. In the case of this film, Jerry (Kitzmiller) is nearly killed when the film begins. However, Angela (Del Poggio) takes pity on him and helps to save his life. Later, they are reunited and they begin dating and their relationship is quite touching. However, he also feels a real sense of compassion for her because without his help, she's destined for a life of poverty, prostitution and desperation. But when Jerry gets arrested, Algela's life seems on the downward spiral. What's next? See this film for yourself.

It is interesting that Giulietta Masina played as prostitute in this film, as she later played one in her famous film "Nights of Cabiria". Whether she made a habit of playing these sorts of roles, I have no idea.

I noticed that some refer to this as a Neo-realist film. This isn't exactly the case. While like a Neo-realist film it is filmed in a natural setting outside of the studio (because they'd been mostly destroyed during the war), the actors were professional actors--having already appeared in other films. So, it's sort of a Modified Neo- realist film--a hybrid of traditional and post-war styles.

So, after all this, is it worth your time? Yes. The film is quite good and very touching. However, if you want a feel good film or are depressed, do not watch the film. Despite nice performances, an engaging script and nice direction, it sure is a downer.


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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

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Lux Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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