La terra trema

La terra trema

episodio del mare = The earth trembles : episode of the sea

DVD | Italian
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"In the poor Sicilian village of Aci Trezza the fisherman have been exploited for generations. Tired of the endless cycle of poverty, a young soldier returns home from war and convinces his family to strike out on their own. Tragically, his plan to change the system is met with a cruel blow that pushes them even further under water..'" -- Summary from container.
Branch Call Number: ITALIAN DVD TERRA T
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,mono,rda
DVD,4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Earth trembles

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Pen__
Mar 27, 2017

Excellent film. Artistic visual feast. Every moment one feels as theough they are really in the town, with the people. It is a story of life, class, wealth , duty, tradition, poverty, pride, family, weakness, survival, fighting to rise above, acceptance of ones state, all the opposing forces in real life.

A real honest study of life. The cameras capture all the details and beauty in this simple fishing town. The homes, streets, people, scenery, ocean landscape, trees, hills, everything plays an important role in the story telling. The care with which everything is filmed is breathtaking. The slow pans, the long shots, the use of artistic shadow, everything is so maticuloisly shot.

The people are so authentic, no makeup, natural beauty in all aspects, hair, dress, manner, it is all so wonderful to see. The innocense of a lost time.

The director uses the real folks from the town, and the raw talent is superb. The visual storytelling is classic, artistic, the scenery is real, nothing is fake, it is so refreshing. It is like taking a trip into a simpler past, and yet everything these folks experince is still relatable.

Life can be very harsh for some, there are the bullies, the survivors, those that just accept things as they are,, those that aspire to more, those at give up...

Well worth watching.

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princeofdarkness
Oct 03, 2016

The line between drama and documentary is best walked by those who are willing to take risks. Visconti paints a picture of a fishing family and does so so with a great deal of respect for his subjects and setting. This family gambles on trying to make a life of their own, and loses. Or do they? Will they succeed by starting from scratch and working within the system? Have they compromised their principles? Is this course of action their only way out of poverty? Maybe these questions are ones the viewer must answer alone. Visconti doesn't give any clues as to where he stands, and maybe it's best that way. Life doesn't mean having simple answers to difficult questions. It is indeed lengthy but, with an admirable realism in its dialogue and cinematography, worthy of viewing if only for its value as a slice of a certain way of life.

ChampionMDR Aug 30, 2014

Beautifully filmed, but extremely depressing subject matter that does not let up. Also, the 2H40min could have been edited down by 40 minutes. How many times do you need to see people having a very hard time making ends meet ...

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