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Paisą (Paisan) (2013)

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Roberto Rossellini's ambitious, enormously moving Paisan consists of six episodes set during the liberation of Italy at the end of World War II, taking place across the country, from Sicily to the northern Po Valley.

Jan 26, 2010

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One of Rossellini's neo-realistic films, Paisan received an Oscar nomination for its screenplay, co-penned by the young Fellini and others, and centering on the interaction between the Allied Forces and Italian people at the end of WWII.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Chillingly blunt, doggedly unsentimental, emotionally overwhelming

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

effectively maintains the rough-hewn, in-the-streets feel of neorealism, and in its best moments it feels like something captured, rather than something produced

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Love, friendship and camaraderie take root but dont blossom, though hope remains that conditions will be more fertile in just a few months.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Has a passion, unlike a newsreel, that resonates and its authenticity as an important document of history cannot be denied.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Visually creative, emotionally involving look at the turbulent transition to liberated Italy in 1945.

August 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

this remarkable film communicates how the war in Italy actually took place on a very personal level

August 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Paisą (Paisan)

Directed by Roberto Rossellini, "Paisan" is a riveting movie about the liberation of Italy during World War II, told in six unrelated episodes with a focus on ordinary citizens. In the initial installment that starts with the United States Armed Forces landing in Sicily in 1943, we can already see the differences between the liberators and oppressors in the different ways Carmela(Carmela Sazio), a young girl who is worried for her father and brother, is treated. What also becomes clear are the differenes between the Americans and Italians, even as their aims are similar, which are sometimes exacerbated by the language barrier(the movie's title comes from one of the only Italian words an American soldier knows). This becomes especially noticeable in the episode with the three chaplains. With the Germans coming and going as the action moves northwards, it is also clear that Italy is a country rich in history that has been devastated by war, as the new ruins take their place next to old ones.
December 30, 2010
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Walter M.

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"Paisan" is Roberto Rossellini's second film in his War Trilogy and is made up of six short stories of reality during the years 1943-1944 and the struggles and suffering of the Italian people under German occupation. All the shorts show of the destruction both physically and mentally for those fighting against the Germans. Most of the stories are dead serious and show the realities of war, but even the second and five stories that have some lighter and even comedy elements still show the destruction and emotional state of the people. This as well as the rest of the trilogy are essential Italian cinema and are legendary in the postwar Italian neorealist movement! Criterion's presentation is superb in view of the source material and the extensive damage that for decades made it unwatchable. Over 500 hours of MTI's digital restoration machine was needed for 265,000 individual manual fixes in order to clean up the film.
December 5, 2011
Chris Browning

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