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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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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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Plantagenet See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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21 July 2003 | by rube2424See all my reviews

After many years in political purgatory, the film version of Pietro Di Donato's masterpiece CHRIST IN CONCRETE comes to beautifully restored DVD. The story of a humble bricklayer (Sam Wanamaker) who wants only the best for his family, and is briefly seduced by becoming "managment" holds up beautifully. Wanmaker is a wonderful, natural actor (I kept thing Actor's Studio before there was such a thing!) and though I had known him in later years, I never realized how dynamic he was as a leading man. (No surprise then that his daughter Zoe is one our finest actors.) Lea Padovani is magnificent, and the rest of the cast give superb performances as well. (What a kick it is to see William Sylvester, Dr. Heywood Floyd of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as a young man in his first film!)

The director, Edward Dmytryk, clearly influenced by Greg Toland as well as the neo-realismo films of the time, uses fascinating camera angles, moody lighting and a steady pacing that makes the nearly two hour running time seem half that time.

I had loved the novel and had always wanted to see the film. What a joy it is to finally see it in near pristine condition. Thank you ALLDAY films for finding and restoring this masterpiece. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED................


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