Christ in Concrete

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On the outs in Hollywood due to the blacklist, director Edward Dmytryk briefly operated in England in the late 1940s. Though filmed in its entirety in London, Dmytryk's Give Us This Day is set in New York during the depression. Fellow blacklistee Sam Wanamaker is starred as the head of an Italian immigrant family struggling to survive the economic crisis. Perhaps had it been made in Hollywood as intended, Give Us This Day would not have been allowed to run on for 120 minutes, nor would the actors have been permitted to indulge in terminal sanctimony. Based on Pietro di Donato's novel Christ in Concrete, Give Us This Day was released in the US under the intriguing title Salt to the Devil. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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  • Aug 31, 2013
    In 1921, Geremio(Sam Wanamaker) does not want to be risking his life on skyscraper construction projects where he works intermittently to be for nothing. So, he proposes to Kathleen(Kathleen Ryan) but she refuses. Instead, he arranges a marriage through his friend Luigi(Charles Goldner) to bring Annuziata(Lea Padovani) to America. But Geremio does not read the fine print in her letter about wanting a house until her boat is almost ready to dock. First and foremost, "Christ in Concrete" is a valuable reminder of how much immigrants have built and contributed to in the United States. But just as much as them making a new life in a new country that can include living in a house away from the crowded city is part of the American dream, we also see here how it can just as easily turn into a nightmare.(And how did I not see that bit of history coming?) To enhance this, the movie is not always filmed naturally but occasionally expressionistically, like in the opening sequence, not to mention the long hike up the flight of stairs to the walk-up apartment. And while the movie can feel a little dated at times, it is not as bad as it could have been, especially considering this was filmed in England, slightly wobbly accents and all.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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