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VIVERE IN PACE - Films of 1947

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:30 PM (BST)

VIVERE IN PACE - 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!
Sep 5, 2017 Free  
Donation to support the club. No Obligation. Sep 5, 2017 Enter donation (£)

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Films of 1947







Wouldn’t peace be wonderful? But Luigi Zampa’s film takes place during the German occupation, and there is no real peace to be had. Tigna (Aldo Fabrizi, who contributed to the script, excellent), a farmer, somewhat reluctantly hides two American soldiers, one of whom is wounded, in the cellar. Drunk, the wounded soldier, who is black, one night reveals himself to Tigna’s guest, a German official, who, himself drunk, mistakes what he sees as meaning thank goodness! the war is over. Discarding Nazi racism, the official takes to the streets with the American—two instant comrades and noisy celebrants. Their mood is contagious, waking up Tigna’s neighbors; thank goodness! the war is over. Only, of course, it isn’t, and eventually Tigna and the German, attempting to flee, are both murdered by the SS.

    There is no escaping war and its effects. This idea is formally and tonally rendered in an ingenious way: the film’s comedy passes into tragedy; hope for peace resolves into death by war. (Also, one might say that human simplicity is extinguished by the complications that war imposes.) Before this happens, the German expresses his kinship with the protagonist by noting that he, too, if he had his way would be farming back home.
     One can see the influence of 
To Live in Peace in any number of war-set Italian tragicomedies, including Mario Monicelli’s The Great War (1959) and Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1998). But there is still more to Zampa’s achievement—an irony beyond the scope of the action, provided by the world in which the film was first exhibited. The war is over now, but its ravages are residual. Ordinary postwar Italian citizens yet might sigh, Vivere in pace.


-Dennis Grunes




90 mins

Please do not eat in the cinema


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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:30 PM (BST)

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