Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Carrara marble, and the courageous 'cavatori'

Many of the beautiful marble statues, like the David from Michelangelo, were created, and sculpted, with white marble of Italy, and from specific quarries like the one in Carrara.

The short (18 minutes) black and white movie below is an impressive story of the daily life of the courageous men who went up to extract these blocs of marble. Imagine life 50 years ago.... that was the date of the movie (1958) and then what it could have been 400 or 500 years ago.

No translation needed, the pictures & video speak by themselves!

FENICE FILM presenta I CAVATORI (1958)
Un Documentario di Francesco Tarabella girato il pellicola 16mm Ferrania
Primo Premio Assoluto - Festival internazionale Cinematografico MONTECATINI
da una poesia di Lorenzo Tarabella

The two, as impressive, videos below show the contrasted modern technology and transport applied today at the same quarry.