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La Terra Trema (1948)

La terra trema (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1957 (USA)
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

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Luchino Visconti
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Antonio Arcidiacono Antonio Arcidiacono ... Ntoni (uncredited)
Giuseppe Arcidiacono Giuseppe Arcidiacono ... Cola (uncredited)
Venera Bonaccorso Venera Bonaccorso ... La vecchia che ride (uncredited)
Nicola Castorino Nicola Castorino ... Nicola (uncredited)
Rosa Catalano Rosa Catalano ... Rosa (uncredited)
Rosa Costanzo Rosa Costanzo ... Nedda (uncredited)
Alfio Fichera Alfio Fichera ... Michele (uncredited)
Carmela Fichera Carmela Fichera ... La baronessa (uncredited)
Rosario Galvagno Rosario Galvagno ... Don Salvatore, il maresciallo dei carabinieri (uncredited)
Agnese Giammona Agnese Giammona ... Lucia (uncredited)
Nelluccia Giammona Nelluccia Giammona ... Mara (uncredited)
Giovanni Greco Giovanni Greco ... (uncredited)
Ignazio Maccarone Ignazio Maccarone ... Maccarone (uncredited)
Giovanni Maiorana Giovanni Maiorana ... Un bambino (uncredited)
Antonino Micale Antonino Micale ... Vanni (uncredited)
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Poor Sicilian fishers are exploited by fish wholesalers. One of the families is trying to escape them by being their own boss. But fate nobody helps them, and even fate is against them. Written by Yepok

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Sicilian | Italian

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Terra Trema See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When financing fell through, Visconti was forced to sell some of his mother's jewelry and one of the family's apartments in Rome to finish the film. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [in Italian] In Sicily, Italian is not the language of the poor.
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Alternate Versions

Was originally released without Italian narration, but it flopped because the Italian audience could not understand the Sicilian dialect. Visconti re-released it with his own narration, which many find detracts from the film. See more »

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Spoofed in After the Fox (1966) See more »

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Realistic and operatic
29 June 2002 | by JSL26See all my reviews

This moving slice of life has several acts and moves like an opera, but the scenes are "neo-realistic" in the best sense.

All of Visconti's actors are from the Sicilian fishing village, but they were not acting--just portraying their lives. You care about these real people!

Family is everything--and it survives despite the buffeting by the storms, the stranglehold of the oligarchical wholesalers, and shortsightedness of the townspeople. We see the exploitation of the fishermen vividly and how most accept it as "God's will."

It also brings to mind the old joke: What is the difference between capitalism and communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man, and communism is just the reverse.


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