La terra trema

Language and/or Subtitles: Italian
Format: DVD 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor Film & Audio - Foreign Film
Call Number  ITALIAN DVD Terra
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 wasn't all that realistic to begin with, as Visconti's unshakable attachment to cinematic artifice led him to pretty up the dreary goings-on with camera virtuosity that seems completely misplaced given the events onscreen. More grueling than illuminating, this film was the first of a proposed trilogy (the remaining films were to deal with Sicilian peasants and miners) that Visconti mercifully never got around to making. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Additional Information
Series Italian neorealist cinema
Subjects Families -- Italy -- Drama.
Fisheries -- Italy -- Sicily -- Drama.
Fishers -- Italy -- Sicily -- Drama.
Sicily (Italy) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Publisher [Bellmore, N.Y.?] : Port Washington, NY :International Classic Films ;2012
Entertainment One,
Edition Full screen.
Contributors D'Angelo, Salvo.
Visconti, Luchino, 1906-1976.
Ferrero, Willy.
International Classic Films LLC.
Entertainment One (Firm : India)
Other Contributors Music, Willy Ferrero ; cinematographer, G. R. Also ; editor, Mario Serandrei.
Audience Not rated.
Language Italian
In Italian with English subtitles.
Notes Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.
System Details DVD; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; mono.
Description 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1417233788
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