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Another major work of Luchino Visconti.,
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This review is from: La Terra Trema [VHS] (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.