La Terra trema (1948)
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Release Date: Aug 18, 1948 Wide
Average Rating: 4.1/5
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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
Aug 18, 1948 Wide
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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.
It's a rough slog... but La terra trema shows that Visconti, with just his second feature, was already a master of the medium.
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.
One of the greatest films to emerge from the Italian neorealist movement.
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