Paisà was a screened as part of my film course on Italian Neorealism at Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester. It was released in 1946, and directed by Roberto Rossellini.
I had never even heard of this film let alone seen it, so I went in to the cinema with no idea of what to expect.
What I saw was an interesting series of 6 individual stories tracking the Allies (or more specifically, the Americans) as they swept north from Sicily to free Italy from the control of the Germans between 1943 and 1944. As well as showing the realities of war (rather than the stateside glamour which Hollywood was producing at the time), the film presented a variety of relationships hampered by a language barrier.
Perhaps a little laboured by contemporary standards, but a very interesting and thought-provoking film nonetheless.