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Paisà

Posted by martinteller on May 4, 2008

In my opinion, Rossellini never lives up to his reputation, but this is my favorite yet.  The film contains six episodes involving the Allied invasion and occupation of Italy.  The first three are very touching, intimate stories.  I really loved the first half of the movie.  With most of the world hating us these days, it was refreshing to see something sympathetic to Americans.  The second half of the film is a slight letdown.  Episode four is okay, but lacks that personal touch and feels more like a simple adventure story.  And the last episode is fairly typical war stuff, fine for what it is but nothing you haven’t seen before.  It’s the fifth that confounds me.  Either Rossellini is being ironic, or it’s a celebration of Catholic intolerance.  I’d like to believe the former, but without a clear resolution, it’s hard to say.  I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, though.  It’s food for thought, anyway.  The musical score is bombastic and overbearing, but the cinematography is admirable.  I’d watch this one again.  Rating: 8

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