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La Terra Trema

  La Terra Trema Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
7.86 /10
Antonio Arcidiacono. Narrators: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli,
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Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Written by: Luchino Visconti. From Giovanni Verga's novel I Malavoglia

Released: 1948
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy
Length: 160


A Sicilian fisherman (Antonio Arcidiacono) and his family scrape an existence, despite exploitation by fish wholesalers and boat owners

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Documentary drama shot on location in Aci Trezza, Sicily. It does a good job of romanticising reality and the struggles of its characters, but the absence of a gripping narrative is noticeable. It won a special prize at Venice, supposedly for its "choral qualities and style", but actually - according to some eye-witnesses - for its politics. On release, it was a commercial disaster - not least because Italians found the characters' accents incomprehensible - and narration had to be added on later.

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