Shot on location, using non-professional actors who speak in a unique dialect, it tells of the hardships endured by the working class. Yet, in crafting his story of a Sicilian fishing family locked in a circle of economic exploitation while battling against nature’s pitiless rhythms, Visconti makes use of an epic, poetic structure to present a grand cycle of “Marxist romanticism” and “visionary aestheticism” (Lisabeth During).
La Terra Trema won an International Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1948.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
La Terra Trema
Emerging from an aborted Italian Communist Party commission to produce a documentary on fishermen in southern Italy, Visconti’s film – adapted from Giovanni Verga’s 19th century novel – bears many of the classic markers of neo-realism.