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La Terra Trema (1948)

La terra trema (original title)
| Drama | 1957 (USA)
In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Antonio Arcidiacono ...
Ntoni (uncredited)
Giuseppe Arcidiacono ...
Cola (uncredited)
Venera Bonaccorso ...
La vecchia che ride (uncredited)
Nicola Castorino ...
Nicola (uncredited)
Rosa Catalano ...
Rosa (uncredited)
Rosa Costanzo ...
Nedda (uncredited)
Alfio Fichera ...
Michele (uncredited)
Carmela Fichera ...
La baronessa (uncredited)
Rosario Galvagno ...
Don Salvatore, il maresciallo dei carabinieri (uncredited)
Agnese Giammona ...
Lucia (uncredited)
Nelluccia Giammona ...
Mara (uncredited)
Giovanni Greco ...
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Ignazio Maccarone ...
Maccarone (uncredited)
Giovanni Maiorana ...
Un bambino (uncredited)
Antonino Micale ...
Vanni (uncredited)
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Poor Sicilian fishers are exploited by fish wholesalers. One of the families is trying to escape them by being their own boss. But fate nobody helps them, and even fate is against them. Written by Yepok

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Trivia

The cast was exclusively composed of non-professional actors. They were genuine fishermen and inhabitants of Aci Trezza (Sicily). The credits do not name any of the actors, who are collectively listed as "Pescatori Siciliani" (Sicilian Fishermen). See more »

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Narrator: [in Italian] 12 hours of blood and sweat to take home the bare minimum required not to die of hunger. And yet, their nets were full when they pulled them up.
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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Realistic and operatic
29 June 2002 | by (Washington DC area) – See all my reviews

This moving slice of life has several acts and moves like an opera, but the scenes are "neo-realistic" in the best sense.

All of Visconti's actors are from the Sicilian fishing village, but they were not acting--just portraying their lives. You care about these real people!

Family is everything--and it survives despite the buffeting by the storms, the stranglehold of the oligarchical wholesalers, and shortsightedness of the townspeople. We see the exploitation of the fishermen vividly and how most accept it as "God's will."

It also brings to mind the old joke: What is the difference between capitalism and communism? Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man, and communism is just the reverse.


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