La Taranta


A historic record of the traditional tarantella rites in Southern Italy.

SKU: 745
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Year Produced: 1960
Running time: 19 minutes
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A fascinating and poetic record of the annual rites of exorcism practices by the few tarantists who survive in Southern Italy, Superstition attributes a sense of evil or malaise to the bite of a mythical spider, the tarantula, and a cure is achieved through submission to a curiously frenzied type of music, including the traditional tarantella.
Made in 1960 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless. The film quality may not be to modern standards.

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