The Earth Trembles

La terra trema, feature film, drama, Italy, 1948

DIRECTED BY: Luchino Visconti

The Earth Trembles

ribari iz Aci-Trezza,
Luchino Visconti (pripovjedač),
Antonio Pietrangeli (pripovjedač)

Luchino Visconti,
Antonio Pietrangeli (based on novel by Giovanni Verge)

Aldo Graziati

Willy Ferrero

Mario Serandrei

This is a contemporary interpretation of the novel Porodica Malavoglia by Verga, planned as the first part of a trilogy (due to its commercial failure the other two parts were never made). The Earth Trembles is the story of exploited fishermen from Sicily who are forced to migrate to richer northern Italy. The plot in this film is subtle and sometimes the film seems more like a sequence of fragments from people’s lives (although very compactly structured). It was shot with unprofessional actors, which is one of the main characteristics of neorealist poetics. This film won a special award at the Venice film festival.

b/w, 160'