VCI Entertainment has tabbed Mar. 24 for the DVD debut of the ultra-rare 1948 film release of Italian Neorealism filmmaker Alberto Lattuada’s Without Pity.
The names from this post-war movement read like a who’s who of the greats of Italian cinema … Visconti, De Sica, Rossellini and, of course, Fellini, who provided the script (it would be another two years before he made his debut as a director with the 1950 release of Variety Lights).
The war is over and Jerry (John Kitzmiller — best known as Quarrel in Dr. No), a black G.I., has decided to remain in Italy. He sees little reason to return to the United States and racial tensions of a Jim Crow south. An outcast at home, he falls in love with a woman named Angela (Carla Del Poggio — Alberto Lattuada’s wife of 60 years), who is a prostitute … an outcast in her own country.
Their forbidden love becomes the focal point of tensions between the military, who questions his decision, and the local thugs who “own” Angela. Harsh and unrelenting!
Presented in Italian with English subtitles.