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La Terra Trema (1948)

La terra trema (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 1957 (USA)
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.

Director:

Luchino Visconti
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Cast

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

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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italy | fish | fishermen | boat | sicily | See All (171) »

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Sicilian | Italian

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Terra Trema See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

All places mentioned in the film are real, as would be expected. Aci Trezza is a village on the western coast of Sicily, just north of the larger city of Catania (capital of Catania province). It is part of the Cyclops coast area. The rocks seen in the harbour were reputedly thrown by the Cyclops, Polyphemus, at Ulysses as he fled. Cannizzaro is an inland village midway between Aci Trezza and Catania. Capo Mulini is north of Aci Trezza. Siracusa is the capital of the Siracusa Province and is south of Aci Trezza. Bari, Taranto and La Spezia are coastal cities on mainland Italy, and Antonio would be familiar with them from his service as a sailor; in particular, La Spezia which is a major naval port. See more »

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Title Card: [in Italian] In Sicily, Italian is not the language of the poor.
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Realistic and operatic
29 June 2002 | by JSL26See all my reviews

This moving slice of life has several acts and moves like an opera, but the scenes are "neo-realistic" in the best sense.

All of Visconti's actors are from the Sicilian fishing village, but they were not acting--just portraying their lives. You care about these real people!

Family is everything--and it survives despite the buffeting by the storms, the stranglehold of the oligarchical wholesalers, and shortsightedness of the townspeople. We see the exploitation of the fishermen vividly and how most accept it as "God's will."

It also brings to mind the old joke: What is the difference between capitalism and communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man, and communism is just the reverse.


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