This film is about four separate tales of Sicilian life: one of a Sicilian mother longing for her two sons who emigrated to Sante Fe; another concerns a lonely bride; the third reflects a wealthy landowner’s hold over villagers, and the last is of a village elder and his burial plot.
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Gloriously phtographed by Lanci this maybe the Taviani's very best film. The four Pirandello stories are puncuated by the usual bucolic pantheism and the sense of agency caught amidst historical contingency. Tragedy alternates with humour (an epileptically funny Ciccio/Franco episode) in a camera flight over castles and barren lands, all purified in a cathartic Mediterranean sea. Piovani's score completes the beauty.