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La Terra Trema (SE) (2 Dvd)

Antonio Arcidiacono , Antonio Micale , Luchino Visconti    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Antonio Arcidiacono, Antonio Micale
  • Directors: Luchino Visconti
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ripley'S Home Video
  • Run Time: 154.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,739 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


la storia di una famiglia di pescatori aci trezza, sfruttati nella loro poverta' dai commercianti grossisti. il giovane'ntoni valastro chiede ai pescatori di ribellarsi. alcuni pescatori vengono arrestati ma poi fatti rilasciare dagli stessi grossisti cui serviva manodopera. disposti a lottare contro l'oppressione, la famiglia valastro ipoteca la casa per comprare una barca e lavorare in proprio. un'eccezionale pesca di acciughe sembra aiutarli ma piu' tardi una tempesta distrugge la barca.devono vendere la pesca di acciughe ai grossisti ad un prezzo irrisorio, perdono la casa e la famiglia si disgrega tra una sciagura e l'altra. 'ntoni si rassegna a lavorare per i grossisti e anche se umiliato si evidenzia la sua consapevolezza alla necessita' del tentativo individuale.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Neo-realist film 17 Aug 2004
By A Customer
A hugely moving film which works on every level - as a documentary, social commentary and as a tragic fable about an individual's misfortunes. I was interested to learn that the film was also inspired by the short story "I Malavoglia" by Giovanni Verga. Visconti's second film is unashamedly political but not polemic. It seems to spring from a tremendous compassion rather than tremulous anger.
The way the director concentrates on an entire community as well as an individual in it (Antonio) is a master-class in cinematic technique. Whole panoramas of village life are shown through the subtle thread of individuals' perceptions (the boy wandering through the quayside fish market, for example) and the flavour and mood of this merciless Sicilian village prints itself on every scene.
The sea, which determines the entire community's fate, is subtly ever-present throughout La Terra Trema through sound and rhythm. If the film feels a little ponderous at times it is because, Visconti suggests, this place has a (sometimes hostile) rhythm of its own.
The fact that La Terra Trema is rarely shown and difficult to get hold of is unbelievable; it's widely regarded as the first Neorealist film and has influenced two generations of artists. Significantly, Francesco Rosi and Franco Zeffirelli were the two assistants.
Once you see it, you won't forget it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mastery of Visconti 29 Aug 2010
For many of us, Luchino Visconti is the lush, almost operatic director of masterpieces like "Death in Venice" and "The Leopard". Yet, at the beginning of his career, he was an important figure in the Italian neo-realist movement. "La Terra Trema" is one of the best examples of this school. In a fascinating book about Italian cinema, the academic Stefania Parigi has written an insightful essay about the film's use of language. Visconti, with the aid of a young Franco Zeffirelli, mixed voice-over narration in Italian with the dialogue of his nonprofessional cast, who spoke in Sicilian dialect. There was a good reason for this; as the film's opening caption says, "Italian is not the language of the poor" (I quote, or misquote, this from memory). The result is a powerful and bleak film, which manages not to be depressing, perhaps because its political commitment and its admiration of its subjects is so intense and alive. In political terms, Visconti was something of a paradox; he was a fervent Marxist was also a very rich aristocrat. Perhaps this tension gives an added energy to "La Terra Trema". Whatever the case, it is a remarkable piece of work, a poem to the hardship of life and to human endurance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another major work of Luchino Visconti. 26 Nov 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:VHS Tape
La Terra Trema, despite being a commercial failure in Italy , remains an interesting work of cinema- somewhere between the school of ITalian-Neo-Realism and the individuality of Visconti (many Italian directors have a similar individuality- Fellini, Bertolucci, Pasolini, Antonioni etc). It does seem willfully perverse- Visconti focusing on the regional (in this case Sicily) as a writer like Pasolini would revert to older Italian dialects in his initial works (is this perhaps to do with the association with fascism via Mussolini and the precarious state of things following World War II?). There is something inherently ironic about making a film 'for Italians' and then placing it into a dialect that many would be confounded by . What was Visconti saying by this? Fortunately for us non-Italian speakers, the film is subtitled and lovingly packaged as many of these classic arthouse reissues (justifying the price). La Terra Trema stands up today and ranks next to more famous works such as The Bicycle Thieves & Rome, Open City. A very good, if not great film; Visconti always a joy to watch.
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Visconti's second movie encompasses the woes and joys of a Sicilian fishing village ,from the great opening scene where rough and tough young men push their boats into a rising golden dawn ,you are aware of a dynamic power that imbues this poignant and poetic neo-realistic drama ,much as it borrows from the cinema of Vittorio de Sica ,it delivers even more from an auteur who is seeking to study the human spirit set against the seedy backdrop of corporate corruption and exploitation .

The movie craves for social reform ,as it follows the miserable life of a local ordinary family whose existence depends on the fishing trade ,and though at times the tragedy is overwrought in it's wistful and realistic notes,so is life itself in it's cruel reality,and Visconti creates an aura and atmosphere of austere poverty and vicissitude,which is heart-rending if you possess a heart .

It does portray it's characters in stylish monochrome with frames that are fearsomely realistic from the squalor of the humble village and the spectacle of the majestic sea with the fishing expeditions by the hard hewn toiling young men ,who are just a piece of exploitative preys in the eyes of local wholesale dealers,though there is no statement in a sermon in the tone of the great artistic Visconti ,who shows that humane joys can emerge out of dire misery as well ,as essayed by the brief romance between a young woman and her working class suitor ,who are charmingly shown flirting in the narrow alleys of the village .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interestiing movie - ordinary folk in Sicily after WWII
An interesting movie which I would recommend to anyone who loves Italian Cinema. An early film of Visconti's, branded by some as left wing but to me it seems to show the eternal... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sylvie
5.0 out of 5 stars How bitter is the sea
Luchino Visconti shot this remarkable neorealist movie with amateur actors, who played their role sublimely. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
5.0 out of 5 stars The heart of Italian neorealism
This is a wonderful release of a film central to the history of the early stages of cinematic modernism. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep rot
La terra trema (Luchino Visconti, 1948, 160')

Original title: La terra trema: Episodio del mare, inspired by Giovanni Verga's I Malavoglia. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr René Codoni
5.0 out of 5 stars 1948 drama
a great film lots of drama not a lot of action but the film is great to see on a lazy sunday
Published 19 months ago by chaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Visconti's Devastating Depiction Of Poverty
Luchino Visconti's 1948 film (his second feature) La Terra Trema (or The Earth Will Tremble) is a Zola-esque tale of poverty and the devastating effects it has on the lives of the... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars monumental
This is a powerful document of life at the bottom of the economic ladder: the lives of poor fishermen in Sicily not long after the war. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by WSH
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