Tarantella (1996)

Tarantella
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 40mins.
Genres Drama
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Mira Sorvino Actor Diana di Sorella 1 1000001
Rose Gregorio Actor Pina de Nora 1 1000002
Matthew Lillard Actor Matt 1 1000003
Frank Pellegrino Actor Lou 1 1000004
Stephen Spinella Actor Frank 1 1000005
Antonia Rey Actor Grandmother 1 1000006
Melissa Maxwell Actor Young Diana 1 1000007
Maryann Urbano Actor Mother 1 1000008
James Georgiades Actor Bartender 1 1000009
Magda Lang Actor Home Buyer Couple 1 1000010
Sean Baldwin Actor Home Buyer Couple 1 1000011
Derek Contreras Actor Home Buyer Young Man 1 1000012
A Lopez Actor Home Buyer Young Man 1 1000013
Helen DeMichiel Director n/a 2 2000001
George LaVoo Producer n/a 3 3000001
Jim Calabrese Co-Producer n/a 170 3000002
Laura Gabbert Associate Producer n/a 171 3000003
Helen DeMichiel Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Richard Hoblock Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Helen DeMichiel From Story n/a 120870 4000003
Richard Hoblock From Story n/a 120870 4000004
Sylvia Caminer Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Teodoro Maniaci Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Richard Gordon Editor n/a 172 7000001
Norman Noll Music n/a 120781 8000001
Diane Lederman Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Tina Khayat Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Adrienne Stern Casting n/a 179 10000001
Ellen Parks Casting n/a 179 10000002
Suzanne Schwazer Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
David Baldwin Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Kip Bogdahn Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Sandy Spieler Puppeteer n/a 682 19000001
Sandy Spieler Puppets Design creator and director of puppetry 121103 19000002
Synopsis
An ambitious young Italian-American photographer returns to her childhood home after her mother's death and finds herself face-to-face with her own history of contradictory family and social identities. The Tarantella, a traditional dance popularly thought to be a remedy for the supposed poisonous bite of the tarantula and the warding off of evil spirits, serves as a metaphor for Diana's personal struggles to overcome her Italian past and to assimilate into American melting-pot culture. The story unfolds when Diana finds a big bound book belonging to her mother that includes recipes, a journal and a story handwritten in Italian, a language Diana no longer remembers. Her mother's best friend, Pina, translates the story which is beautifully and innovatively recreated through the use of traditional Italian puppetry.
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