On October 9th, 1963, at 10:39 pm, 260 million cubic meters of rock fell down from Mount Toc to the artificial lake formed by the Vajont dam, the higher dam in the world. The landslide ... See full summary »
On October 9th, 1963, at 10:39 pm, 260 million cubic meters of rock fell down from Mount Toc to the artificial lake formed by the Vajont dam, the higher dam in the world. The landslide formed a 250-meters wave and 50 million cubic meters of water completely destroied all the below towns, killing more than 2000 people. Planned by engineer Semenza, Vajont dam (263 meters) had to carry the electricity in all the houses of the country. Tina Merlin, a journalist from "L'Unitá", tried for years to denounce the danger to build a dam near the Mount Toc and expecially to denounce all the omissions by the corrupted politicians and workers in charge of the dam construction. They preferred to trust in old geologist Dal Piaz instead to hear engineer Semenza young son's alarming analysis. No one seemed to understand the high danger until that October fatal night. Written by
Selected for the Villerupt Italian Film Festival 2002. 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 »
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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