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A selection of film footage relating to Mortale and the Casalattico area

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Antonio Borza, the shepherd in Montattico shows us how to make ricotta one morning in June 2011 at La Cisterna...

Zia Vincenza in America communicates to her sister using vinyl records in the 1950s...

Highlights of some of the Mortale Festas going back to 1959.

Ettore Forte from Swanage was a lover of the Arts and Mortale's greatest film maker. 

In 1978, the Mortalese gathered to sing along to traditional accordion playing in Gerry Forte's house.  Listen to the "music" here ...

In the mid 1970s, tarmac was laid at La Soda and Ettore Forte was there to capture the moment.

In 1965, work was started on building a new road from Mortale to La Cisterna and Montattico.  Ettore captured the moment...

Luciano Minchella and some of the shepherds show us how they make pecorino and ricotta at La Cisterna in 1959...

In his 99th year, there is little that Luigi Cambone does not know about gardening.  In June 2011, he gave us a tour of his garden in Mortale...

The Brighton Fortes gather for the christening of my cousin James.  Rare footage of my nonni, Alfonso and Filomena, as well as family from Bournemouth, Bexhill and Ashford... 

A selection of film clips taken in 1965 in Mortale, including olive picking and donkey rides at La Soda...

A selection of film clips, shot in widescreen format by Ettore in 1975 in Mortale, including the mobile shop and the animal life in the village..

A selection of films clips, shot by Michael Forte in 1976 in and around Mortale, with traditional costumes and walks in the mountains...

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On Saturday 12th October 1991, Mortale's Church of St. Anthony was reopened after months of restoration work.  Ettore Forte was there to film the mass...

A religious event, shot in widescreen format by Ettore in 1975 in S. Caterina...

New Boccia courts were constructed by the Mortalese in 1976.  Michael Forte captured this important moment along with other clips...

Charles Forte commissioned a new Statue of the Madonna for Mortale in 1990.  Ettore filmed the dedication ceremony on the eve of the Festa...

In 1991, Casalattico was twinned with Naas in Southern Ireland.  Ettore filmed part of the ceremony in Mortale...

Filmed in early October 2016, this drone footage was taken by Mark Evans from Llandudno.

Footage from Casalattico's annual Festa di San Barbato from February 19th, 1958 ...

A short film taken in 1961 in Mortale, showing Elio and Chiara Forte's family as well as others in the village...

Added 
May 2017

Groups of people in Mortale in 1958 and lots of children of the time filmed outside Gerry's house...

This short film has recently been found and shows the wedding of Gerry Forte and Patricia Forte in November 1950 in Belfast.

This short film has recently been found and shows the earliest footage of Mortale on this website.  Filmed by my Uncle Nino and Aunt Luisa (Brighton) on their honeymoon...

Not a film, but a message, recorded by Nino Forte whilst stationed in Belgium during the war, to his family back home in Brighton.

The slaughtering of a pig in 1965 was a real village occasion as it meant "food" was availabe for everyone. 
This film is not for the fainthearted.

A selection of film clips taken in 1959 in Mortale, including a game of boccia at La Soda and fun in the snow...

The Easter Sunday mass was held in the village hall.  Ettore was there to film the mass...

Added 
Jan 2016

On 9th April 2013, Mortale's oldest resident was 100 years old.  His family have kindly donated this short film recording his 100th birthday celebrations...

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