20th Century and New World

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NUOVOMONDO (Golden Door) by Emanuele Crialese, 2006. Nuovomondomeans “New wolrd” in Italian, but its English title, Golden Door, has been taken from Emma Lazarus poem about the Statue of Liberty. This is in fact an immigrants’ tale from Sicily to Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century. In a desolate corner of the Sicilian countryside, a family’s apparently changeless life of hardship and toil is interrupted by tales of the New World and its inhabitants, of the riches of this paradise. Salvatore makes the momentous decision to sell all he has – his land, his home, his livestock – and to take his children and aged mother to a better life across the ocean. As Salvatore embarks on his epic journey, he meets a mysterious English woman,…show more content…
Their romantic joining does not revolve around common language or experience, but emotional desire to begin a life in the “new world”. She symbolizes the universal want of all immigrants, not just Italians, to step outside of everything and everyone they know in search of a life of opportunity. She is English, has red hair, and has very little in common with Salvatore. However, they understand each other’s dreams perfectly, no words necessary. 5) The language: make comments on the way peasants communicated among each other and with strangers. There is very little dialogue in the film and I think this is done on purpose. However, keeping a faithful use of Sicilian dialect, the viewer develop a closeness to the characters who in their language express their cultural identities. The peasants could easily understand each other because it was their own language, “an army of its own” as we discussed earlier in the semester. However, strangers could not understand their dialect and therefore perceived them as uneducated and
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