DVD Release: Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy

DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: First Run Features

Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy movie sceneIn the 2009 documentary film Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, actor John Turturro (The Big Lebowski)  takes an  intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily, with a focus on the land’s traditional puppet theater.

While in Sicily, Turturro is taken under the wing of Mimmo Cuticchio, one of the puppet theater’s few remaining practitioners, who runs the Opera dei Pupi. Cuticchio instructs Turturro in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry, which offers numerous colorful adventures set in a stylized puppet world of honorable knights, dragons, duels, mermaids and magic.

Filmed during preparations for the Sicilian Day of the Dead, the film is directed by Turturro’s longtime collaborator, Roman Paska, himself a world-renowned puppeteer.

Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy (or Prove per una tragedia siciliana, in its native tongue), which functions as both an homage to the art of storytelling and a portrait of a part of Sicily little known to the outside world, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, followed by an Italian television premiere in 2011. It never received a commercial release in the U.S.

Critics who checked out the movie at the Venice Film Festival had generally nice things to say about the film—Hollywood Reporter described it as “poignant and sincere”—and, as far as we’re concerned, the puppets are really cool!

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.