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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 »
Jorge Perugorria screams as he's watching the killing-water wave but his mounth 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 »
Director Renzo Martinelli mixes the usual disaster movie ingredients in Vajont with one ingredient you don't usually see. In Vajont, the movie shows the top engineers at the construction company who are responsible for building the then tallest dam in the world as practical people whose main concern is to finish the dam and get the Italian government to pay for the construction costs. The newlywed couple (the husband an engineer at the dam construction company), the reporter out to expose the flawed dam and the eventual disaster are the type of characters and situation you can find in plenty of movies about things going wrong. But when the top engineers realize they have a bad problem with landslides, they try to figure out what to do to protect the company's investment while avoiding a disaster. Since the incident at Vajont is well known in Italy, the ending of the movie is a foregone conclusion. Martinelli does a fine job of showing the dam builders trying to find a way out of the trap they are in, with the dam creating a lake against the Toc, the name the townspeople give to the crumbly mountain that borders the lake. The Italian DVD that had this movie also included an extra showing before and after, the step by step creation of the visual effects. A real interesting extra
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