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La Terra Trema (1948)
"La terra trema" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1957 (USA)
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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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Uncredited cast:
Antonio Arcidiacono ...
Ntoni (uncredited)
Giuseppe Arcidiacono ...
Cola (uncredited)
Venera Bonaccorso ...
La vecchia che ride (uncredited)
Nicola Castorino ...
Nicola (uncredited)
Rosa Catalano ...
Rosa (uncredited)
Rosa Costanzo ...
Nedda (uncredited)
Alfio Fichera ...
Michele (uncredited)
Carmela Fichera ...
La baronessa (uncredited)
Rosario Galvagno ...
Don Salvatore, il maresciallo dei carabinieri (uncredited)
Agnese Giammona ...
Lucia (uncredited)
Nelluccia Giammona ...
Mara (uncredited)
Giovanni Greco ...
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Ignazio Maccarone ...
Maccarone (uncredited)
Giovanni Maiorana ...
Un bambino (uncredited)
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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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 »

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Title Card: [in Italian] In Sicily, Italian is not the language of the poor.
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A panoramic study of man and earth...
8 September 2003 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

A Marxist aristocrat, Count Don Luchino Visconti Di Morone was widely praised for both the realism and vaguely politicized tone of his early films, and the operatic sumptuousness of his later historical costume dramas... Throughout his career, however, style dominated content; all too often, the result was camp, decorative melodrama disguised as solemn, socially significant art...

"La Terra Trema," an epic account of the hardship suffered by Sicilian fishermen, was even closer to Neo-realism, shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors living their lives on screen... Its somewhat simplistic Marxist message, that the peasants' real enemy was not Nature but exploitive businessmen, was in fact less indicative of Visconti's future and its use of a disintegrating family to mirror the social climate of Italy as a whole...

The conflicts, misery, poverty, joy, and anger in a fishing village are shown in a panoramic study of man and earth...

'The Earth will Tremble' is not political nor intends to teach... The film reveals... it doesn't judge...

The cinematography is outstanding, particularly the scenes with the fishermen at sea...


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