Review: ‘Give Us This Day’

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.

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.

Give Us This Day

UK

Production

Plantagenet. Director Edward Dmytryk; Producer Rod Geiger, Nat A. Bronsten; Screenplay Ben Barzman; Camera C. Pennington Richards; Editor John Guthridge; Music Benjamin Frankel

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Sam Wanamaker Lea Padovani Kathleen Ryan Bonar Colleano
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