Vittorio de Seta
Italy 1955 | 10 Min. | 35 mm, OF

Against the back­drop of a barren land­scape, coal-miners advance towards the many mines that dot Sicily’s inner land. Crowd­ing into a lift they dis­ap­pear 500 meters under the sur­face of the earth. Above the day­time, the world is idyl­lic. The sun shines bright­ly; the sound of crick­ets fills the air. This pow­er­ful con­trast under­scores De Seta’s edit­ing. While the people above work at their own pace, the men below toil to the rhythm of machines.
Geneviève Rossier