The moving simplicity of the Pietro Di Donato novel, Christ in Concrete, has been brought to the screen with rare sincerity. It is two hours of genuine human drama, which makes no concession to convention.
This is one of the few occasions in which British studios have embarked on a production with a New York setting. The expert hand of Edward Dmytryk’s direction ensures faithful atmosphere.
Dmytryk presents the story of Geremio, an Italian bricklayer who works in Brooklyn. It is his wife’s ambition to have a home of their own, and carefully they save for the down-payment. But the Depression overtakes them. Then comes Geremio’s opportunity to work as a foreman on a job which he knows to be unsafe and which culminates in tragedy.
Sam Wanamaker has never been better, investing the part with warmth and emotion.