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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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Narrator: [in Italian] 12 hours of blood and sweat to take home the bare minimum required not to die of hunger. And yet, their nets were full when they pulled them up.
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Neo-realist masterpiece
23 June 2002 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that I am the first person to comment on this masterpiece at this website. One reason could be that it's not that easy to see. Thank God for Turner Classic Movies, which is where I finally saw it. I'm happy to see that there's a DVD available.

This is one of those amazing films that uses only non-professionals and in which they perform as well, if not better, than any professional could. The actors are the inhabitants of a small Sicilian fishing village. The film is cliche-ridden (the Marxist variety) and at times predictable. I didn't care about any of this. The film is a true epic about a few people trying to break out of their rut of exploitation and the wretchedness of their everyday living, and failing. The film thus achieves the status of true tragedy. This one shouldn't be missed.


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