Il mondo perduto: I cortometraggi di Vittorio De Seta 1954-1959
In ten films, Vittorio De Seta caught the gestures, the rites and a bit of the soul of a part of the Italian people. De Seta places man in the center of his cinema and if he magnifies his labour, he never romanticizes it and doesn’t hide its rough part. De Seta films as an anthropologist, as the urban educated man he was, discovering an almost middle age part of his country. But what immediately strikes the viewer of his films is their splendid pictorial beauty. Shot in a widescreen format, on a Ferraniacolor film – the Italian rival to Technicolor – with soft colour tones and heavy contrasts, the films of De Seta are astonishing.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:41:05 | 5.91 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano
Subtitles: English, Francais
Genre: Documentary, Short

Lu tempu di li pisci spata (1954) - 10 minutes
In the good season, the swordfish comes to lay his eggs in the lukewarm waters of the Strait of Messina. Here it's awaited by man, to kill it, since time immemorial.

Isole di fuoco (1954) - 9 minutes
North of Sicily, Stromboli and the Aeolian Islands stand on the sea. Here the fire is still harbored in the earth's bowels, threatening the life of man
Because of this the inhabitants gradually abandon them and migrate towards other continents.

Surfarara (1955) - 9 minutes
The sulfur mines are scattered in the vast rural land of central Sicily.
Few structures testify on the outside the obscure work, and sometimes, the invisible tragedy that takes place in the bowels of the earth.

Pasqua in Sicilia (1955) - 8 minutes
At Easter, death and resurrection of Christ are reenacted in the villages around Messina, Enna and Caltanissetta...

Contadini del mare (1956) - 9 minutes
Off the Sicilian coast, fishermen wait for the tunas that follow the same route since the millenia...

Parabola d'oro (1955) - 9 minutes
Under a blistering heat, villagers finally harvest the fruits of a year's labor...

Pescherecci (1958) - 10 minutes
Fishermen brave the waters between Sicily and Africa. In stormy weather, they take shelter on the island of Lampedusa...

Pastori a Orgosolo (1958) - 10 minutes
On Mount Orgosolo, Sardinia, few shepherds fight cold and hunger to insure the survival of their flocks.

Un giorno in Barbagia (1958) - 9 minutes
While shepherds are away with their flocks for most of the year, villages remain entrusted to the women, who cut the wood, take care of fields and prepare bread.

I dimenticati (1959) - 17 minutes
In Calabria, the road to Alessandria del Caretto stops abruptly: one must walk 15 kilometers uphill to reach the village. When winter ends, the village comes to life during the "fir's feast", an ancient pagan tradition.

Download Il mondo perduto: I cortometraggi di Vittorio De Seta 1954-1959 (2008): Lu tempu di li pisci spata (1954), Isole di fuoco (1955), Surfarara (1955), Pasqua in Sicilia (1956), Contadini del mare (1956), Parabola d'oro (1955), Pescherecci (1958), Pastori di Orgosolo (1958), Un giorno in Barbagia (1958), I dimenticati (1959) DVD9:


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