Tarantella


1h 40m 1995

Brief 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 b

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MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States October 1995

Released in United States on Video October 6, 1998

Released in United States Spring March 15, 1996

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 5-15, 1995.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.

Feature directorial debut for Helen de Michiel, an award-winning independent film and video producer and director. De Michiel has produced series for KTCA-TV, The Learning Channel's "Independents Showcase," and "Declaration of Independents." Her video work has been exhibited in numerous museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.)

Released in United States Spring March 15, 1996

Released in United States October 1995 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival October 5-15, 1995.)

Released in United States on Video October 6, 1998