The Golden Door
One of the finest Italian movies that I have seen in recent years is The Golden Door (La Porta d’Oro); a story of Italian immigration from southern Italy depicted in tre parte:
La preparazione…in Sicily with wonderful scenes of the Sicilian countryside and some Italian superstitions,
La traversata…the voyage in ships and the associated turmoil. One telling example of confusion depicts the inability of the Italians to converse with one another because of the different dialects, not only in the provinces but also from village to village. And the third part is,
L’arriva…the arrival to the United states through Ellis Island. Look at the fear on the faces of the immigrants, but moreso, look at the hope as they escape the poverty, isolation and diseases of Sicily in the late 1800’s,early 1900’s.
It is the story of coming to America and the land of promise, notwithstanding the anxieties and realities of getting here.
The photography is beautiful and the story is compelling.