La Taranta

Gianfranco Mingozzi
1962 • Italy • 19’
Portuguese Premiere
Portuguese Premiere

Tarantism is a pagan myth from the South of Italy according to which whoever’s bitten by a spider suffers physical and mental disturbances. Around the year 1700, the Catholic church started interfering in the rituals. Those who fell victim to the “taranta” could be cured by beholding a statue of St. Paul. This exorcism took place every year on July 28, which was a harvest day.

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