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Paisà (1946)

Italy 134m, B&W
Director: Roberto Rossellini; Cast: Carmela Sazio, Robert Van Loon, Dots Johnson, Alfonsino, Maria Michi, Gar Moore, Harriet Medin, Renzo Avanzo, William Tubbs, Dale Edmonds, Cigolani

paisaIn six short bittersweet stories, Paisà is the story of the Allied invasion and eventual liberation of Italy from the Germans during WWII. A mix of action and documentary styles, the film includes a mix of English and Italian dialogue, which highlights the cultural differences between the American troops and the local Italian folks which they encounter. Often resulting in mutual misunderstanding and mistrust, problems in communication provide the fuel for drama in this unique and interesting war film (Klaus Ming April 2014).

2 comments on “Paisà (1946)

  1. TSorensen

    And for me as well. My subtitles did not work and I was at times as confused as the soldiers. The parts I understood where good and the stories poignant.

    • Klaus

      I’ve had the same problem with a few good foreign films, definitely takes the fun out of watching. Luckily I had a decent copy of this with good subtitles.

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