Oct 31 > Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – Paisan

31 Oct 2017

Martin Scorsese’s Film School Talk – Paisan

Date 2017.10.31 (Tuesday)

Time 1900 - 2200

Venue Broadway Cinematheque 1/F

Host Didi Wu

Speakers Daniel Chan

1946/ B&W/ 134 mins/English and Italian in English Subtitles The middle film in Rossellini’s famous “war trilogy” – between Open City and Germany Year Zero – Paisà is a series of sequences from the lives of everyday Italians, both civilians and antifascist partisans, during the fight for the liberation of Italy by the Allied armies in 1943 and 1944. Starting in the south and moving north, the episodes follow the armies as they traverse the different regions – depicting tales of everyday heroism, a kind of neorealist “history from below.” Framed by a map of Italy whose pieces are illuminated one by one, the stories express a hope that fascism’s authoritarian hierarchies would be replaced with a pluralist Italy which acknowledged and celebrated regional differences.