Between April and August, swordfish deposit their eggs in the water that separates Sicily from Calabria. The fishermen await the fish in this stretch of water to kill them. The wait is long and tiring but, once the chase begins, the fishermen’s voices broken by breathlessness and the whispered orders bear witness to the men’s anxiousness and the drama of the wounded prey, which try to free themselves from the harpoons by rubbing their backs against the rocks.
Came from an aristocratic family. After studying architecture in Rome for some time, he began his film career in 1953, working as a second assistant director to Mario Chiari for an episode of the film Loves of half a century. In 1954 he became assistant director to Jean The Paul-Chanois in Wonderful Time. Later he worked as a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker.
He started realizing documentaries in the 1950’s. They were set mainly in Sicily and Sardinia, using powerful expressiveness to describe the ways of living of the proletariat Southern and the harsh living conditions of Sicilian fishermen and miners that worked sulfur mines. Among these films, the documentary Island of Fire, set in the Aeolian Islands, was named best documentary at the Cannes Festival in 1955.
In 1961 he made his debut with the film Bandits Orgosolo, written with his wife Vera Gherarducci, a film stylistically dry and enriched by neo-realism. The film won the Best First Feature Award at the Venice… read more