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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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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 (172) »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Sicilian | Italian

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film should be the beginning of a trilogy, then unfinished, that should show the development of the class struggle in different social environments. See more »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Was originally released without Italian narration, but it flopped because the Italian audience could not understand the Sicilian dialect. Visconti re-released it with his own narration, which many find detracts from the film. See more »

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Heartbreaking, Bitter and Cruel Reality
23 March 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1947, in Sicily near Catania, the fishermen in Aci Trezza have been exploited by generations by the local middlemen. The young 'Ntoni Valastro rebels against the economical situation of his poor family and convinces the Valastro to mortgage their simple house in the Fidania Bank in Catania to buy a fish boat of their own and never work again for the wholesalers. In a stormy day, he decides to fish due to the necessity of repaying the debt to the bank; however, the storm destroys his boat and the dream of his family. Without any support and job, 'Ntoni sees the disintegration of his outcast family.

"La Terra Trema: Episodio del Mare" is a heartbreaking, bitter and cruel story of a family of fishermen that decides to change their poor economical situation facing the powerful exploiters. The Marxist "Red Count" Luchino Visconti directs and narrates this little masterpiece of the Italian Neo-Realism casting non-professional actors and actresses, actually fishermen and inhabitants of Aci Trezza. The abusive treatment of the greedy and idle wholesalers gives an idea of how workers were exploited in this period of history and the reason for the ideological fight of classes between Communism and Capitalism. In Brazil, this film was released on DVD by Versátil Distributor. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Terra Treme" ("The Earth Shakes")


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