Senza Pietà

Senza Pietà

Carla del Poggio
Director: Alberto Lattuada Cast: Carla del Poggio
Carla del Poggio
, John Kitzmiller
John Kitzmiller
, Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
Alberto Lattuada

DVD (Full Frame)



Filmed in 1948 as Senza Pieta, this Alberto Lattuada-directed effort came to America the following year as Without Pity. The film's sensitive subject matter caused problems in distribution and approval; Lattuada was never known to shirk from a sociopolitical statement, even when it meant loss of revenue overseas. The plot is based on an actual postwar dilemma: in Northern Italy, dozens of black American GIs chose to go AWOL rather than return to a racially divided United States. John Kitzmiller plays an occupation soldier named Jerry, who decides to remain in Italy when he falls in love with a blonde, Caucasian local girl named Angela (Carla Del Poggio). Reviewers in 1949 felt that Lattuada exercised poor taste in depicting the interracial romance: while these scenes cannot realistically be described as offensive when seen today, they are still quite frank by 1940s standards. A "regular" in Italian neorealist films, Michigan-born black actor John Kitzmiller went on to win a Cannes Film Festival award for his performance in 1957's Sergeant Jim; James Bond fans will remember Kitzmiller as "Quarrel" in Dr. No (1962).

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2015
UPC: 0089859879227
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Without Pity
1. Chapter 1 [1:50]
2. Chapter 2 [4:29]
3. Chapter 3 [10:36]
4. Chapter 4 [4:47]
5. Chapter 5 [8:05]
6. Chapter 6 [10:25]
7. Chapter 7 [10:35]
8. Chapter 8 [11:38]
9. Chapter 9 [9:22]
10. Chapter 10 [8:27]
11. Chapter 11 [5:43]
12. Chapter 12 [1:29]
13. Chapter 13 [:01]

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