Santa Lucia Luntana is very similar to a melodrama in the development of its family dynamics. The medium-length film portrays a generational clash between an elderly widow, a man of modest means, his unconventional daughter and a rebellious son who tries to steal all the family’s money. His other daughter, with her irreproachable conduct, is the father’s consolation. The generational clash represents the conflict between old-fashioned norms and the needs of the new, industrialized world. The film’s central issues are woman’s place in the modern world and her public role outside the confines of home.
Funder: The National Endowment for the Arts