Entirely set and shot in a small village on the east coast of Sicily and using non-professional actors, La terra trema tells the story of a fishing family which attempts to escape from poverty and exploitation by becoming the owner of its own boat.
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Visconti wasn't a neorealist, really... He just took his skill at capturing life in his epic theatrical/operatic way, and applied it (pointedly) to depicting the economy’s oppressed. Subverts his old bourgeois roots and the broader film industry. At once fiercely sincere, and archly, provocatively, defiant. Mostly avoids privileged leftist Romantic Primitivism re the proletariat. And, just a sheer directorial feat!
It'd ironic that this may be my fave Italian neo-realist film since its by a director whose sensibilities don't really fit the genre and could only be contained within the confines of it for his 1st few films before his operatic style took over. One of Visconti saddest films and one of the best about the degradation of poverty.
Reality as literary adaptation. Polyphony of faces. Desperation filmed in long takes. The camera eye undulating between ethnographic participation and ethnocentric observation. Exploitation in deep focus.
★★★½ / DCP / Visconti’s remarkable neorealist drama follows desperately poor fishermen as they struggle against the never-ending hurdles of weather, politics, class. Visconti effectively explores the need for self-worth against the forces which seek to imprison it, movingly juxtaposing the euphoria of the beginning with the harsh realities of the rest of the film. The use of non-actors limits its dramatic affect.
An underrated Visconti now in full restoration. Set in Sicily following a family that survives off of its fishing, and make the gamble of buying their own boat and be independent. Visconti’s eye for neorealist beauty criticizes the unjust economic structure and labor, and set the tone for a profound human experience that he’d later recreate with Rocco and His Brothers. I’d call it the most overlooked masterpiece.
En marge des autres réussites de Luchino Visconti, un drame documentaire d'une extrême richesse humaine et politique, dénonçant avec une discrète sagacité et une pertinente acuité, un système économique toujours d'actualité, stigmatisant ceux qui profitent sans vergogne du travail des autres, avec l'outrageuse bénédiction muette des politiques.
A medio camino entre el documental y la ficción, La Terra Trema retrata la injusticia a la que se ven sometidos los pescadores de Acitrezza en su día a día y la rebelión que uno de ellos lleva a cabo para romper con el monopolio de los comerciantes del pueblo. Lamentablemente la película peca de maniquea y panfletaria, reiterando una y otra vez sus temas y poniendo en negritas su "mensaje".