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Give Us This Day

Original title
Give Us This Day
Year
Running time
120 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ben Barzman, John Penn (Novel: Pietro Di Donato)
Music
Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography
C.M. Pennington Richards (B&W)
Cast
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Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Geremio, a young Italian immigrant to New York City, works as a bricklayer and is courting an Italian girl, Annunziata, by mail. He lies to her that he owns his own home and, after they are married, has to rent one for their three-day honeymoon. The years pass and they are unable to save enough money to get out of their slum tenement, and the 1929 depression brings even harder times to the family that now includes three children. Geremio, in order to make enough money to care for his family, exploits his "comrades" in dangerous construction work. This practice leads to the accidental death of his best friend, and, in grief, Geremio also becomes unfaithful to his wife. The messages of the film -- life is aimless and no man can judge the true worth of another man -- are pounded on for most of the two-hour running time.

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