24 February 1934


Famiglia Notarbartolo
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

Thousands and thousands of ducks winter in Lake Lesina, a large brackish lake basin located in Apulia, between the Gargano and the Tavoliere. The group of hunters led by soldier Marco Notarbartolo di Sciara, on this February day in 1934, therefore has a good shot. The first images - preceding hunting scenes - are eloquent: the prey is plentiful and, as usual, displayed in front of the camera on a wall of a white building by the sea. But here are the hunters in action, including a woman, walking in the shallow water, aiming their rifles high and firing. All around the buffaloes moving through the dunes, the lake, its canals and shores filmed from a moving boat. In these sequences, the landscape is increasingly rarefied: the Lacus Pantanus, as the Latins called it, suddenly appears as a no man's land. The final shots, on the Adriatic Sea, increase the sense of disorientation.