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Something as simple as a herring roasting on a hearth, or a meal of bread, wine and winter melon, takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio painting in this masterful film from legendary filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet. Sicilia! is a tragicomedy involving an orange peddler, an Italian recently returned from America, two “stinky” police officers, a guilt-stricken landowner, a traveling knife sharpener and, perhaps most unforgettably, an indomitable peasant mother who reminisces about meals of snails and wild chicory, her husband’s philandering and cowardice, and her own father’s belief in an honest day’s labor, socialism, and St. Joseph.
Available Fri September 04–Thu June 10, Virtual Screening Room
Italy, 1999, in Italian, Black and White, 66 min, 1.37 : 1
Director: Jean-Marie Straub, Adaptation: Jean-Marie Straub, Director: Danièle Huillet, Adaptation: Danièle Huillet, Novel: Elio Vittorini, Cast: Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio, Angela Durantini