The Swordfish Season (Lu tempu di li pisci spata, 1954, 10 min.)
Islands of Fire (Isole di fuoco, 1955, 11 min.)
Sulphur Mines (Surfarara, 1955, 10 min.)
Easter in Sicily (Pasqua in Sicilia, 1955, 11 min.)
Peasants of the Sea (Contadini del mare, 1955, 10 min.)
Golden Parable (Parabola d’oro, 1955, 10 min.)
Fishing (Pescherecci, 1958, 10 min.)
(all dir. Vittorio De Seta, Italy, 35mm, Italian w/ almost no dialogue)
Vittorio De Seta. Although championed by Pier Paolo Pasolini in the 1960s as a “poet of reality,” Vittorio De Seta, born in 1923 in Palermo, remains a neglected figure not only internationally but also in Italy. This is a rare opportunity to see his complete early shorts on new 35mm prints: stunningly beautiful documents on the labor and ritual of southern Italians in the 1950s. These epic poems, shot in Sardinia and Sicily, both on land and at sea, offer an unprecedented glimpse into the daily lives of shepherds, miners, and fishermen. De Seta sought to document a culture that was already disappearing then—a victim of the fast industrialization of Italy—and that is almost completely lost today.
Presented by Dr. Elisabetta Sanino D’Amanda, Italian Program Coordinator, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Rochester Institute of Technology.