Essay on 20th Century and New World

815 Words Apr 14th, 2011 4 Pages
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,
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2) The role of dream and the surreal images that Salvatore sees. The “dream” theme so to speak is the basis for the film. Salvatore is inspired by a new world he has never seen and in his mind it can be nothing but a paradise of opportunity.

In Nuovomondo, there are several times when characters are swimming through rivers of milk. In these scenes there are giant carrots that are used as flotation devices. At another point in the picture there is a family carrying giant olives and carrots. At the end, there is another scene of all the characters from the film swimming together in a sea of milk. The idea that these small vegatable and milk are abstractly conceptualized on such a large physical scale represents the search and desire by immigrants for a better more fruitful life. A life where they will never have to wonder whether their crops will grow, because there will be an abundance of essentials that will hypothetically improve their quality of life.

3) The journey: its symbology.

The journey is representative of the trials and tribulations many immigrants faced when trying to come to America. It symbolizes the hardships, sacrifices, and loss Italians, especially Sicilians, subjected themselves too in hopes of providing a better life for their families. The journey is also a symbol of faith and ambition. Salvatore as discussed earlier asks God for divine inspiration and interprets his surroundings as a sign to pack up and progress forward.

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