Without Pity (1948 film)

Without Pity (Italian: Senza pietà) is a 1948 Italian film directed by Alberto Lattuada from a script by the director himself, Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli, from an original story by Ettore Margadonna.

Without Pity
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theatrical release poster
Directed byAlberto Lattuada
Screenplay byFederico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Story byEttore Margadonna
(original story)
Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Clemente Fracassi
StarringCarla Del Poggio
John Kitzmiller
Pierre Claudé
Giulietta Masina
CinematographyAldo Tonti
Edited byMario Bonotti
Music byNino Rota
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
  • August 1948 (1948-08) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
95 minutes


As World War II ends, African-American army sergeant Jerry Jackson is stationed in Italy. Local gangsters want to use him as a conduit to obtain supplies that the military has access to which can then be sold on the black market, but Jerry remains honest and refuses their attempts to bribe him. Soon however, he falls in love with Angela, an Italian woman who had earlier helped save his life and who now finds herself stranded in the area in a fruitless attempt to find her brother. Realizing that Angela is perilously close to having to turn to prostitution, Jerry relents and makes a deal with the gangsters, hoping to make enough money to support Angela. After he is caught and jailed, Jerry escapes from his prison camp and deserts, searching for a way that he and Angela can run away to be together.



Without Pity was banned in the United States and British occupation zones in Germany, but was a success at the box-office in Italy.[1]



  1. ^ Mankiewicz, Ben. Outro to the Turner Classic Movies presentation of the film. (March 17, 2014)

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