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La Terra trema

La Terra trema (1948)

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Release Date: Aug 18, 1948 Wide

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Luchino Visconti's pseudo-documentary look at the exploitation of Sicilian fishermen was based on Giovanni Verga's 1881 novel I Malavoglia. The townspeople of Aci Trezza, Sicily, portrayed themselves, speaking in their native dialects and fretting about economic hardship for over 160 minutes of screen time. As nobly neorealist as such an endeavor must have seemed, it died at the box office upon initial release, leading Visconti to add narration in standard Italian. The truth is that the film

Jul 30, 2002

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Most unfortunately, Mr. Visconti, who also wrote the scenario, has taken his spunky protagonist and literally drowned him in woes, even -- let's face it -- soapsuds.

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's a rough slog... but La terra trema shows that Visconti, with just his second feature, was already a master of the medium.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Visconti used real Sicilian fishermen as non-actors expressing their circumstances and beliefs. The effect is a powerful portrait of graceful human dignity caught between the cruelty of the sea and opportunistic greed.

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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It has an operatic quality.

October 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Operatic neo-realist tale of downtrodden fishermen

January 26, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It's a remarkable social document.

November 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One of the greatest films to emerge from the Italian neorealist movement.

October 26, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for La Terra trema

Black and white films used to prevent us several times from actually noticing the underlying notes.The incredible fact is..Terra Trema must be one of the openly,politically charged emeralds of film-making.The fishermen are nothing more but pawns of the system,the all-seeing machine.
August 28, 2008
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