La Terra Trema


Friday, May 11, 2018, 7:00pm


Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

La Terra Trema is an austere opera set in the Sicilian fishing village Aci Trezza. The harmony of the people and the sea, the rhythm of festivals and hardships, compose a unique form of docufiction. Charting the arc of one family’s attempt to secure economic self-sufficiency, the film was to be part one of an epic Marxist trilogy, including two unmade episodes on miners and farmers. In realizing a mature aesthetic of landscape, Visconti created a film so impressive as to make him wholly distinct from his already avant-garde contemporaries in Neorealism. – Hugh Mayo, Class of 2018

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