La Terra trema
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Luchino Visconti's pseudo-documentary look at the exploitation of Sicilian fishermen was based on Giovanni Verga's 1881 novel I Malavoglia. The townspeople of Aci Trezza, Sicily, portrayed themselves, speaking in their native dialects and fretting about economic hardship for over 160 minutes of screen time. As nobly neorealist as such an endeavor must have seemed, it died at the box office upon initial release, leading Visconti to add narration in standard Italian. The truth is that the film wasn't all that realistic to begin with, as Visconti's unshakable attachment to… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most unfortunately, Mr. Visconti, who also wrote the scenario, has taken his spunky protagonist and literally drowned him in woes, even -- let's face it -- soapsuds."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"It has an operatic quality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the greatest films to emerge from the Italian neorealist movement."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a rough slog... but La terra trema shows that Visconti, with just his second feature, was already a master of the medium."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Operatic neo-realist tale of downtrodden fishermen"
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Visconti used real Sicilian fishermen as non-actors expressing their circumstances and beliefs. The effect is a powerful portrait of graceful human dignity caught between the cruelty of the sea and opportunistic greed."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's a remarkable social document."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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