Paisan (PaisÓ)
Paisan (PaisÓ) (1948)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 29, 1948
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

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Fernando F. Croce

Chillingly blunt, doggedly unsentimental, emotionally overwhelming

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

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

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Amateurish acting, terrible dubbing and filming errors apart, this is a riveting example of cinÚma vÚritÚ centered on many cultural differences encountered… More
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Chris Browning
"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… More