Sands Films Cinema Club – Paisa

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29th August 2017 @ 20:30 Europe/London Timezone
Sands Films Studios
82 St Marychurch St
London SE16 4HZ
Sands Films Cinema
020 7231 2209

Sands Films Cinema Club:  Paisà

Paisà/ 1947 / Film / 126  minutes / Italy / O.V. Italian / Directed by Roberto Rossellini

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, Paisà’s 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

films of 1947

Films of 1947

Sands Films Studios is dedicating a series of free screenings on the Tuesday Night Cine Club slots to show films which were produced on 1947

You can expect the usual quality and variety of titles as only Sands Films Studios can provide.


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Entry is free though BOOKING IS REQUIRED. No food allowed inside in the cinema

Seats are limited and each booking reduces the number of seats available to others. If you cannot attend, please cancel as soon as possible your booking by going to “MY TICKETS” on the email Eventbrite has sent you: this is the best way to release your seat to someone else and to enable us to refund your contribution.

If the film is SOLD OUT, there will be an automated waiting list, this will contact you if and when a seat becomes available.

Sands Films Studio is an independent film production facility operating in an 18C listed building in Rotherhithe since 1975. The building is also a venue for private or public one-off events, film screenings, music concerts, theatre performances and poetry readings. It offers a regular cinema club with most of the films shown free to attend though the company rely on public donations.

Sands Films Cinema is located at 82 Saint Marychurch Street SE16 4HZ London. If you would like to explore more of the peninsula, check out the Rotherhithe map  @sandsfilmscine  sandsfilmsstudio

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