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PAISA - Films of 1947

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM (BST)

PAISA - Films of 1947

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The film starts at 20:30. If you cannot come, please cancel your booking. No eating in the cinema. Please make a donation when you leave. Thank you!
Aug 29, 2017 Free  
Donation to support the club. No Obligation. Aug 29, 2017 Enter donation (£)

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Films of 1947







Roberto Rossellini’s Paisà (Paisan) is a composite film each of whose six episodes reflects on the Battle of Italy (1943-45) in a different region of the country, among them, Sicily, Naples, Rome, Florence and the Po Valley. The result is an epic national portrait. Was Rossellini influenced by the preceding year’s Battle of the Rails, by René Clément, which consists of vignettes of the French Resistance—a rare French neorealist work? Regardless, Paisàs final episode, which depicts a slaughter of partisans, achieves the sledgehammer force of Rome, Open City (1945), which very nearly ends with the execution of a priest sympathetic to the Resistance. Paisà shimmers with a tragic sense of the cost of Italy’s struggle against the Germans before, during and after liberation.

     The Naples episode involves an African-American soldier, a military police officer, whose boots are stolen by a shoeshine boy. When he goes to the boy’s “home” to retrieve his property, the young soldier discovers the impoverished world the war-orphaned child inhabits. The soldier has told the boy that his American home is a shack to which he doesn’t want to return; he, too, is familiar with desperate poverty. He leaves the boots.
     Another episode also involves an American soldier. During the liberation of Rome, he meets an innocent girl, Francesca. Later, without recognizing her, he becomes her john. But the film reverses chronology, presenting the earlier time as a flashback, the soldier’s reminiscence, when he is with the prostitute. He tells her how much he wants to meet Francesca again. She tells him she can arrange it—although, in a sense, she cannot. In any case, he doesn’t show up for the arranged reunion.
     Paisà is radical in its formal aim. Rossellini contests traditional “plottedness”; the film’s episodic nature reduces “story” by multiplying it.


-Dennis Grunes




126 mins

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Sands Films Cinema
82 Saint Marychurch Street
SE16 4HZ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM (BST)

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