On October 9th, 1963, at 10:39 pm, 260 million cubic meters of rock fell down from Mount Toc into the artificial lake formed by the Vajont dam, one of the the higher dams in the world. The ...
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At 10:39 PM of October 9, 1963, a landslide of 250 million cubic meters of land is detached from Mount Toc and falls into the artificial reservoir created by the Vajont dam, located in the ... See full summary »
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On October 9th, 1963, at 10:39 pm, 260 million cubic meters of rock fell down from Mount Toc into the artificial lake formed by the Vajont dam, one of the the higher dams in the world. The landslide formed a 250-meter high wave and 50 million cubic meters of water destroyed the majority the houses of the town (Longarone) below, killing almost 2000 people. Planned by engineer Semenza, Vajont dam (262 meters) had to supply the electricity in all the houses of the region. Tina Merlin, a journalist from "L'Unitá", tried for years to denounce the danger to build a dam under Mount Toc; she especially denounced all the omissions by the corrupted politicians and builders in charge of the dam construction. They preferred to trust in old geologist Dal Piaz instead of listening to engineer Semenza young son's alarming analysis. No one seemed to understand the high danger until that October fatal night.Written by
Two sections of the Vajont dam were built in Cimolais, Italy. The "dam under construction" section was built on a railway and then filmed with motion control. Santa Croce artificial lake was dried up by ENEL (the Italian electric energy company) to film the final sequence. See more »
Anita Caprioli screams as the water wave is coming, but her mouth is not open. See more »
That's a beautiful story. Really... If I think about it... I'd like a story like that too.
For a story like that, you have to start from the beginning.
[looking at a wooden sculpture]
Listen... you didn't chose this one at random...
Well, I was thinking... it's time to start a family.
Yes but... it takes two people to start a family.
But there are two of us...
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Production wish to thank all the inhabitants of the areas hit by the disaster for the magnificent and generous collaboration offered to the crew and to the cast during the filming. See more »
Written and Performed by Gianni Fassetta See more »
Because it deals with real facts ,"Vajont" has almost nothing to do with the disaster movies which were thriving in the seventies.It does not feature the cardboard characters and the cast of thousands we used to find there.Outside Laura Morante ,all the actors give restrained performances .The film recreates the atmosphere of the tragedy of the drama in an almost documentary way.Only the young couple displays a storylike tendency,and even that is kept to a minimum level.
At its best ,the movie sometimes recalls the forties and fifties Italian neorealism.The color is actually close to black and white ,and two scenes are particularly memorable:the victims of the flooding,leaving their village ,while a crucifix Christ is floating on the waters;the surveyor,finding his rocking-chair in the mud.
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