La Terra Trema (1948)

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Released 23-Feb-2005
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Based on director Luchino Visconti's vision of a peasant uprising, this haunting film details a Sicilian fishing village's battle to rebuild their post-war society in the face of an exploitative wholesaler.

Visconti's purest excursion into neorealism and a masterpiece of post-war Italian cinema, La Terra Trema features striking location photography, an obscure Sicilian dialect, and an entire cast of non-professional actors. It vividly and beautifully captures the struggles of a real-life family facing economic abuse, and abuse from the forces of nature in the roiling Mediterranean seas.

In a moving postscript, the family thank the director for bringing their story to the world, noting that "we have reaped the highest hopes for our future". Visconti said of the film: "The story grew from day to day, following the more or less logical order of a scenario that was more often than not suggested to me by the actors themselves".

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Luchino Visconti
Antonio Pietrangeli
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Luchino Visconti
Willy Ferrero
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Drama 1948 153:16 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
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Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio, Biographies-Crew-Luchino Visconti (Director), Trailer-Ossessione, Jean De Florette, Cinema Paradiso, Trailer-Manon Des Sources
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