La Terra trema
La Terra trema (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 18, 1948
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's as if Sicily has existed in a bubble, unchanging for a century as sons take over the boats of their fathers and children apprentice at their feet, taking their place in "a hopeless slavery."

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a remarkable social document.

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Fernando F. Croce

Luchino Visconti's epic account of peasant defiance inflamed and squelched, where to live in poverty is to drown on dry land

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It has an operatic quality.

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TV Guide

One of the greatest films to emerge from the Italian neorealist movement.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It's a rough slog... but La terra trema shows that Visconti, with just his second feature, was already a master of the medium.

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Louis Proyect

Operatic neo-realist tale of downtrodden fishermen

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Carlos Magalh„es
A sadly misguided film that deserves more credit for what it wants to say than for how it does it, since it is marred by stiff, unnatural performances by… More
Dimitris Springer
Black and white films used to prevent us several times from actually noticing the underlying notes.The incredible fact is..Terra Trema must be one of the… More