• © 1943 Ar.Te.As.Film / Universalia Produzione; © 2004 MARZI Srl. All rights reserved. Photo courtesy of VIGGO Srl.
  • © 1943 Ar.Te.As.Film / Universalia Produzione; © 2004 MARZI Srl. All rights reserved. Photo courtesy of VIGGO Srl.
  • © 1943 Ar.Te.As.Film / Universalia Produzione; © 2004 MARZI Srl. All rights reserved. Photo courtesy of VIGGO Srl.

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SUBJECTS

Fishers -- Italy -- Sicily -- Drama, Verga, Giovanni, 1840-1922. Malavoglia -- Film and video adaptations

La terra trema

(The Earth Will Tremble), (The Earth Shakes)

Digital Restoration

featuring

Inhabitants of Aci Trezza, Sicily,

Visconti’s masterpiece of austere lyricism was shot in the Sicilian village of Aci Trezza. There, fishermen are kept in poverty by middle-class wholesalers. The Valastro family, led by the impassioned young N’toni, attempt to overcome this oppression and are ostracized in their ancient community, where the elders are content to complain about their exploitation in knowing proverbs, and the young think they can bargain a future. In a famous scene, N’toni leads the workers in hurling the wholesalers’ scales into the sea. All the roles are enacted by inhabitants of the village, who eloquently portray their lives for the camera and speak in their Sicilian dialect. In poetic contrast to the spontaneity of their smiles and their rhythms is Visconti’s Eisensteinian clarity, as sparkling as sardines in a nighttime sea. His careful arrangement of shots captures a dialectic of timelessness and the moment expressed in the proverb, “Said the worm to the stone, I’ll bore a hole through you yet.”

Judy Bloch
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Luchino Visconti
Based On
  • I malavoglia by Giovanni Verga

Cinematographer
  • G. R. Aldo
Language
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 160 mins
Source
  • Luce Cinecittà
Permission
  • VIGGO Srl
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Luchino Visconti: maestro of the movies (program note), Brooklyn Museum, 1992

La terra trema (program note), Internationales Forum des Jungen Films, 1972

La terra trema (program note), Toronto Film Society, G.G. Patterson, 1969

La terra trema (program note), University College, London. Slade Film Department, J.W.F., 1966

La terra trema (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group

La terra trema (distributor materials)

La terra trema (interview), Luchino Visconti

La terra trema (distributor materials)

Mario de Vecchi presents La Terra Trema (press kit), New Yorker Theatre

La terra trema (distributor materials), Fleetwood Films, Inc.

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