Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Cast: Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs
1946 – 120 minutes
Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he's cynical, she's a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.
Nick Walker is a freelance film programmer, events producer and lecturer. Previously director of ‘National Schools Film Week’ schools film festival and producer of the annual cult film season ‘Scalarama’, Nick is also the founder and Director of Rochester Kino.