Archive for January 2016

3 New Films from the Early 90s

Three newly remastered films have just gone into the Film Section of the website.

All three were filmed by the late Ettore Forte, and have recently been digitised by Tony Langdown, so that people can look back with nostalgic fondness at events that happened in the early 1990s in Mortale.

There are two short films showing the annual gathering of Mortalese outside the church in Mortale to celebrate the Festa di S. Antonio Abate on 17th January in 1990 and 1992.  These two films can be found in the “Festas on Film” Section.

The third longer film, to be found in the main Film Section of the website, was taken in the days leading up to the June festa of 1990.  It starts with the arrival of Charles and Irene Forte, who have commissioned a new statue of the Madonna to stand at the entrance of the village.  A few days later, there is a religious ceremony of dedication, and people familiar with the village will recognise many villagers and emigrants who have returned to Mortale for these events.  The sad thing is that most of these people are no longer with us, but their memory lives on amongst their relatives and descendants.