The Forgotten

The Forgotten ★★★★

The beauty of De Seta's documents of rustic, archaic Italian life lies at least partially in the fact that the labor it captures carries over from a pre-capitalist era, and as such for all of the back-breaking toil, there is a sense of real accomplishment, even joy as workers are not alienated from their labor. This opens with a harrowing introduction to the lonely, isolated mountain town that is its subject, a place so hard to reach that any commerce is prohibitively expensive from the costs of transportation and the elements reduce narrow, ancient cobblestone streets to Venetian canals. Yet ultimately it is not about the hardship of life in this hamlet but of the powerful community forged of their material and geographical conditions, where all take pleasure in working together because the only alternative to community is death.

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