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A fishing family attempts to escape poverty and exploitation by becoming the owner of its own boat in Luchino Visconti's work of uncompromising realism.

A fishing family attempts to escape poverty and exploitation by becoming the owner of its own boat in Luchino Visconti's work of uncompromising realism.

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Special Prize, Venice Film Festival 1948

La terra trema is a work of uncompromising realism that is universally acknowledged as a masterpiece of post-war Italian cinema. Entirely set and shot in a small village on the east coast of Sicily and using non-professional actors, it tells the story of a fishing family which attempts to escape from poverty and exploitation by becoming the owner of its own boat.

To acquire the boat the family is forced to mortgage its house but the boat is destroyed in a storm and the family is ruined. However, the film ends on a hopeful note, with the community able to learn from the events and succeed together in overthrowing exploitation.

Upon the film's release, the Valestro family, who were the main participants, wrote to Luchino Visconti expressing deep gratitude to him for telling their story to Italy and the world.

La terra trema instantly reveals the quality of Visconti's direction, particularly in the sheer beauty of the images and the vibrant performances he achieved from the villagers. Many of its themes recur in Visconti's later work but nowhere else are they so firmly anchored in realism and respect for life.

Special Prize, Venice Film Festival 1948

La terra trema is a work of uncompromising realism that is universally acknowledged as a masterpiece of post-war Italian cinema. Entirely set and shot in a small village on the east coast of Sicily and using non-professional actors, it tells the story of a fishing family which attempts to escape from poverty and exploitation by becoming the owner of its own boat.

To acquire the boat the family is forced to mortgage its house but the boat is destroyed in a storm and the family is ruined. However, the film ends on a hopeful note, with the community able to learn from the events and succeed together in overthrowing exploitation.

Upon the film's release, the Valestro family, who were the main participants, wrote to Luchino Visconti expressing deep gratitude to him for telling their story to Italy and the world.

La terra trema instantly reveals the quality of Visconti's direction, particularly in the sheer beauty of the images and the vibrant performances he achieved from the villagers. Many of its themes recur in Visconti's later work but nowhere else are they so firmly anchored in realism and respect for life.

Extras

  • Director biography.

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Additional Info

SKU 5035673005811
Catalogue Number BFIVD581
Subtitle A film by Luchino Visconti
Product contents
  • Director biography.
Year 1948
Director Visconti, Luchino
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Italy
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English
Language(s) Sicilian, Italian
Running time 153
DVD region 2
Certificate U

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