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Desperately seeking Italian Film News !

by Marianne Wi

Trying to find anything remotely interesting to write about between mid June to mid September is like running two marathons a day, nothing is going on, nothing is going down. OK, so Woody Alan is busy in Rome filming his new film ”Whatever” who knows what he will call it in the end; Roberto Benigni has not yet started his part, I should imagine he has run off with Dante once he saw the full line up for the film, I hope he got a good deal out of Alan as this film will not do his street cred any good. The Venice Film Festival will start at the end of August, there are write-ups daily about it everyone trying to find a new fresh angle…..and failing, as the films are all having their world premier there is nothing out there to debate. So what pray tell is one to do ? Revert to gossip and beachwear or close down for the summer ? No, PrimoCiak was never a defeatist blog, if Italy is hot and full of a lethargy population, then it must be freezing somewhere else in the world, where perhaps a cool exciting winter film festival is being planned at this very moment….. off investigating whoop whoop the excitement is overwelming…watch this space !


La Terra Trema, The Earth Trembles 1948

by Marianne Wi

Director :  Luchino Visconti  1906 – 1976

Visconti was born on the 2nd November 1906 in Milan and named Luchino Visconti di Modrone, Count of Lonate Pozzolo, he died in Rome on the 17th March 1976. I absolutely adored this man, I remember La Terra Trema, The Earth Trembles being shown in Denmark in March 1965, I cried throughout and was hopelessly in love with the youngest son. I am saddened by the lack of credit Visconti has been given in AciTrezza, why I hear you ask do they not feel the love for Visconti? Well, he was rich, he was from Italian nobility, he was a homosexual and most importantly he was not Sicilian and therefore could not possibly understand how the poor struggling habitants of an Sicilian village would feel, very much opposite worlds, they have of course been proven wrong, the film is a classic. I encounter few people here who have actually seen the film although most will have a member of their family performing  in it. My visitors are goaded into seeing this film so as to better understand my love for this place. There is a small museum dedicated to the film where articles from that period are on display it is  called “Casa del Nespolo” but no statue of the man. Verga who wrote the original book Malavoglia, The House of the Medlar Tree has fared a little better, he has a statue just outside the Church, you see his Head amongst parked cars. Visconti employed all local inhabitants to star in the film, he eventually had to go back to Italy to raise the final cash to complete the project, selling a family home and jewellery.


Quotes from the film:

In Sicily, Italian is not the language of the poor

Fish are created to be netted (women being fish)

We were born here, we will die here

As sure as water wears away a stone

When you are hungry you cannot argue

Strengths of youth wisdom of age

The sea is bitter and the sailor dies at sea

It is just a matter of time, as the worm said to the stone, I’ll bore a hole through you yet

One by one, the tree’s branches wither and fall.

Cast :  The Mother, Maria Micale – The Father, Sebastiano Valastro – Antonio Micale, Vanni – Nelluccia Giammona, Mara – Agnese Giammona, Lucia – Giuseppe Arcidiamo, Cola – Salvatore Vicari, Alfio – Alfio Ficher, Michele – Ignazio Maccarone, Maccarone – Giovanni Mariorana, Un Bambino – Antonio Arcidiacono, Ntoni – Mario Piso, Voice of the Narrator – Lorenzo Valastro, Lorenzo – Antonio Valastro, Un Grossista – Alfio Valastro, Bandiera – Nicola Castorino, Nicola – Rosa Catalano, Rosa – Rosa Costanzo, Nedda – Carmela Fichera, La Baronessa.

Synopsis: It is the old story of the rich exploitation of the poor as in this case the wholesellers takes advantage of the poor fishermen of Aci Trezza, a small Sicilian Village back in the 1940s. We follow the Valastro families fight for a better life led by Ntoni played with great natural skill by Antonio Arcidiacono, who see the future as an independent boat owner as the only option available to improve their lifestyle. The Valastro family mortgage their house and become the first family who proudly ownes their boat. Mara’s romance with Nicola is off as she has no money, is off as she had too much money , is  off again as she had no money very touching and moving throughout, a great shame that Nelluccia Giammona was not encouraged by her father to follow-up her acting career in Rome, when invited to by Visconti, she would have been a great charater actress, an awesome star. The Valastros family were riding high, the Alici were fat and ready for salting, until a storm wrecked La Provvidenza (Providence) their boat and all was lost. The village takes its revenge, as small insular villagers always do, the Valastros lose their home, the grandfather dies, Lucia’s morals are compromised by a necklace given to her by a whistling Police commissioner, Ntoni hits the bottle, Cola leaves the village lured by work on the main land and some Lucky Strike Cigarettes, their pride and most of all their will to succeed was destroyed by the storm and the loss of the boat. Mara remains the only character who never falters, she remains strong throughout the film. As the quote said “When you are hungry you cannot argue” that is so true and Ntoni with his 2 younger brothers have to return cap in hand to the wholesalers and beg for their jobs back, I cried buckets when I first saw this scene absolute buckets. The film did not fare well in Italy however outside its borders it became classified as a work of art and Visconti went on to become one of Italys most famous Directors of  the  “Neorealism” period receiving many awards.

On YouTube you will be able to see the entire film if you follow the above from 01 to 08, you have no excuse not to see this masterpiece, this great piece of Italian Neorealism.


Passionate Easter Feast at the Italian Cinema?

by Marianne Wi

Passionate Easter Feast at the Italian Cinema? You would think so people having 4 to 5 days off however the real whooper is the week after. I am over excited “again” as I can only be in one place at a time and only within the frame-work of the 534 to Aci Trezza, meaning 1 film per day is a max. PrimoCiak is planning ahead, being nice even a wee bit too nice to some folk, snuggling up is not an easy option. “Friends with benefits” does it make you a BAD person if you buy into that? I agree but I think you will understand that formulating and experimenting with a few white lies especially created for the weekend commencing the 29th April 2011 cannot be that bad ?

The Italian goodies coming out on Friday the 29th April 2011 are:

I think you will agree that if you were a shark, this could turn into a feeding frenzy. My love for the good people of is second to non, they have cheered me up when films were whisked by Sicily only to be released on the main land that is Italy, their wonderful GRATIS viewings are priceless. They are not letting me down now neither  Diciottanni – Il mondo ai miei piedi, Eighteen – The World at my Feet was shown online last night, Il Sesso Aggiunto, Added Sex will be shown on the 26th April Whoop Whoop and last but by no means least Notizie degli scavi, News of the excavations will be shown on the 28th April 2011.
That leaves I Baci mai dati, The Kisses Never Given filmed in Catania and Malavoglia filmed in parts in Aci Castello, surely one could see two films in one day ? “Festive” days PrimoCiak ? A bus every two hours…………. PrimoCiak will walk, what is 13 KM among friends .
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