MINUTES OF THE FOURTH JURY SESSION OF THE FESTIVAL - DOCUMENTS
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The minutes of the fourth jury session of the 1948 Venice International Film Festival: sparks flew between president Luigi Chiarini and one of the members, the honourable Alberto Consiglio, about the political implications of Luchino Visconti's La terra trema. The minutes read: “Consiglio… wishes to state for the record that, though he praises the work of the director and the quality of the film, it is impossible not to consider the arbitrary political misrepresentation that the soundtrack brings to the subject”. Chiarini replied that: “the jury must stay clear of any political concept, and render a purely aesthetic judgment”.
La terra trema won the International Award in the end “for its stylistic and choral values”, whereas the Grand Prize of the Venice Film Festival was awarded to Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (against the judgement of jury member Guido Aristarco, who would define it as “hybrid cinema”).
La Biennale di Venezia, ASAC, Historical Fund, Cinema Series