Paisan

June 11th & June 19th

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Tue, Jun 11 to Wed, Jun 19

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PART OF THE THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Harris Theater, at 809 Liberty Ave in downtown Pittsburgh, first opened its doors as the Avenue Cinema in September of 1931.  From the start, It specialized in showing ‘unusual and artistic films from other lands’, a mission that stayed when it was renamed the Art Cinema in 1933.  For over 30 years the Art Cinema showcased a schedule of films that swung back forth across multiple genres. Exploitation classics like REEFER MADNESS, ASSASSIN OF YOUTH,  and THE DEVIL'S SLEEP shared screen time with foreign films like TALES OF HOFFMAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and OPEN CITY, all reaching Pittsburgh audiences for the first time in an auditorium that still shows films to this day.  Join us for two weeks as we celebrate the high and low art of cinema in a historic single screen theater.  All screenings are free and open to the public!

Roberto Rossellini's 1946 film, made in the aftermath of WWII, consists of six distinct chapters, showing various relationships between the American occupiers and the newly liberated Italians. Two of the outstanding episodes see black military policeman Dotts Johnson robbed of his shoes by a cheeky street urchin while the film ends with a reminder that the war was still not won, as German troops prefer to fight a battle to the death. It played at the Art Cinema/Harris Theater for over a month beginning January of 1949!

126 min / Not Rated / featuring Dots Johnson, Maria Michi, William Tubbs, Giulietta Masina

/ Drama Directed by Roberto Rossellini / Italy 1946

In Italian, English, German and Sicilian with subtitles

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