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La Terra Trema

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[[Performer~P115512~Luchino Visconti~luchinovisconti]]'s pseudo-documentary look at the exploitation of Sicilian fishermen was based on [[Performer~P222799~Giovanni Verga~giovanniverga]]'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...more

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