Tarantella | 1996

Drama
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 ...more

Cast

... Diana di Sorella

Actor

... Pina de Nora

Actor

... Matt

Actor

... Lou

Actor

... Frank

Actor

... Grandmother

Actor

... Young Diana

Actor

... Mother

Actor

... Bartender

Actor

... Home Buyer Couple

Actor

... Home Buyer Couple

Actor

... Home Buyer Young Man

Actor

Company

IVTS

Production Company

LaVoo Productions

Production Company

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.

SIMILAR ARTICLES