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La Terra Trema (1948)
Starring: Antonio Arcidiacono, Giuseppe Arcidiacono, Venera Bonaccorso, Nicola Castorino, Rosa Catalano
Director: Luchino Visconti
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Image Ent.
154 mins



This wrenching study of a family struggling to overcome poverty and find happiness against the backdrop of Sicily's fishing community remains one of them most powerful examples of European filmmaking. Real life Sicilian residents portray the villagers, whose lives undergo dramatic changes when they plot to overthrow the tyranny of wholesalers depriving them of a decent living. Meanwhile, the parents and their children experience love, laughter and friendship, finding a sense of community and optimism, even against the grimmest odds.

Hailed as a "powerful, lyrical neorealist classic" (Leonard Maltin), La Terra Trema ("The Earth Trembles) is the second haunting film from groundbreaking director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Ossessione), who earned the 1948 Special Prize at the Venice Film Festival for this gritty application of documentary techniques to a universal story of hopes and dreams. Experience the drama and visual poetry of this international classic, now presented in its complete director's cut.