Vajont - La diga del disonore (2001)

 |  Drama  |  19 October 2001 (Italy)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Semenza
Alberico Biadene
Tina Merlin
Jorge Perugorría ...
Olmo Montaner
Anita Caprioli ...
Leo Gullotta ...
Mario Pancini
Philippe Leroy ...
Giorgio dal Piaz
Jean-Christophe Brétigniere ...
Edoardo Semenza
Francesco Penta
Federica Martinelli ...
Eleonora Martinelli ...
Maurizio Trombini ...
Ing. Desidera
Bruno Bilotta ...
Antonio Fabbri ...
Prof. Ghetti


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 Francesco

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Release Date:

19 October 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

La folie des hommes  »

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ITL 17,000,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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After filming was post-poned from November 1999 to August 2000, actors Philippe Noiret, Anna Galiena, Michele Placido, Giancarlo Giannini and Isabella Ferrari turned down their roles because of schedule conflicts. See more »


Anita Caprioli screams as the water wave is coming, but her mouth is not open. See more »


Ancilla: That's a beautiful story. Really... If I think about it... I'd like a story like that too.
Olmo Montaner: For a story like that, you have to start from the beginning.
Ancilla: [looking at a wooden sculpture] Listen... you didn't chose this one at random...
Olmo Montaner: Well, I was thinking... it's time to start a family.
Ancilla: Yes but... it takes two people to start a family.
Olmo Montaner: 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 »


Concerto pour violoncelle: Adagio ma non troppo
Composed by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Ed. Naxos - Ducale snc
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This movie reconstructs with good precision an italian tragedy happened in 1963.
21 October 2001 | by (Staranzano, Italy) – See all my reviews

Finally a good film about the true story of Vajont: a very big landslide fell into an artificial lake causing an enormous wave (about 200 m tall) that went on the opposite side of the valley and over the dam, wiping out the underlying town of Longarone and causing more than 2'000 casualties in few minutes. The movie shows very well the intrigues cynically played by the construction enterprise to hide the dangers pointed out by geologists, about an ancient landfall line that the water of the lake made unstable. Well recited by the actors, the movie has good scenes, clever special effects, and a sweet love story within. It deserves to be seen; vote 8.

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