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Give Us This Day (1949)

One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Pietro Di Donato (novel), Ben Barzman (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sam Wanamaker ... Geremio
Lea Padovani ... Annuziata
Kathleen Ryan ... Kathleen
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Luigi
Bonar Colleano ... Julio
William Sylvester ... Giovanni (as Bill Sylvester)
George Pastell ... The lucy (as Nino Pastellides)
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Head of Pig
Sidney James ... Murdin
Karel Stepanek ... Jaroslav
Ina De La Haye ... Dame Katarina
Rosalie Crutchley ... Julio's wife
Ronan O'Casey ... Bastian
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Pietro
Charles W. Moffett Jr. Charles W. Moffett Jr. ... Pasquale (as Charles Moffat)
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to tell a Congressional Committee whether or not he was, or had ever been, a member of the Communist Party. This is a 'runaway production' shot in England for political reasons and not for the usual USA tax-break reasons. Geremio, a young Italian immigrant to New York City, works as a bricklayer and is courting an Italian girl, Annunziata, by mail. He lies to her that he owns his own home and, after they are married, has to rent one for their three-day honeymoon. The years pass and they are unable to save enough money to get out of their slum tenement, and the 1929 depression brings even harder times to the family that now includes three children. Geremio, in order to make enough money to care for his family, exploits his "comrades" in dangerous construction work. This practice leads to the accidental ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1950 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Christ in Concrete See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Plantagenet See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Award: Prix de l'Ecran Français 1951. See more »

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Without Love, You're Nothing
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Home before night
13 June 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Both titles ("give us this day" ,"Christ in concrete" ) refer to religion ,but religion does not really play a prominent part in "give us this day" which is close to Italian neo-realism .All the movie revolves around the "a bricklayer deserves his house for his work is hard and he dirties his hand every day"subject.One of the rare movies of the era which deals with working-class people ,it ran into problems with MacCartyism .It was the first time that the recurrent feature of the injured arm had appeared in a Dmytryk movie (see also "the sniper" " the Caine mutiny" and "the juggler").As Dmytryk had not yet betrayed,it would tend to destroy the "Dmytryk feels guilty " theory.

" Give us this day" actually reminds one of the movies-before the-code ,the great works of Wellmann("Heroes for sale" "Wild boys of the road" ) as well as the precise depictions of Rossellini and De Sica in Italy.


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