Paisan (Paisà) (1948)

Paisan (Paisà) (1948)




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Roberto Rossellini's episodic, neorealist tale of life in Italy during World War II focuses largely on the efforts of Allied soldiers and nurses, improvised by a cast of non-professional actors.
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Maria Michi
as Francesca
Gar Moore
as Fred
Harriet White
as Harriet
Carmela Sazio
as Carmela
Renzo Avanzo
as Massimo
William Tubbs
as Capt. Bill Martin
Merlin Berth
as American Soldier
Carlo Piscane
as Peasant in Sicily Story
Mats Carlson
as Soldier in Sicily Story
Benjamin Emanuel
as American Soldier
Gigi Gori
as Partisan
as Cigolani
Leonard Penish
as American Soldier
Lorena Berg
as Maddalena
Benjamin Emmanuel
as American Soldier
Raymond Campbell
as American Soldier
Albert Heinz
as German Soldier
Harold Wagner
as German Soldier
Harriet Medin
as Harriet, a Nurse
Merline Berth
as Merlin
Leonard Parrish
as American Soldier
Bill Tubbs
as Chaplain
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Critic Reviews for Paisan (Paisà)

All Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2011

Chillingly blunt, doggedly unsentimental, emotionally overwhelming

Full Review… | July 15, 2010

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 16, 2010
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Paisan (Paisà)

It consists of six short stories about the liberation of Italy in WW2. Five of them are depressing. One is merely sad.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

Amateurish acting, terrible dubbing and filming errors apart, this is a riveting example of cinéma vérité centered on many cultural differences encountered during the liberation of Italy by the Allied forces, yet although the first three stories are sublime, the last three are not so efficient.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

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