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Dottor Pitrè
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Sicily's rich culture and folklore is explored through the story Giuseppe Pitrè, the father of Italian folklore studies and founder of the Sicilian Ethnographic Museum in Palermo​, named in his honor​. Trained as a physician, Pitrè is remembered for his 25-volume work, Biblioteca delle tradizioni popolari siciliane [Library of Folk Sicilian Traditions], in which he compiled folktales, stories, and accounts that he heard and memorialized. This documentary follows Nico Bonomolo — an artist who was deeply impressed by a visit in his childhood to the Pitrè Museum — as he meets a storyteller, ​a ​marionette artist, and even a caster of love spells.

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Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 1

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Italy Sicilian

Giuseppe Pitrè was an ethnologist who collected documents pertaining to Sicily and its culture and traditions. HIs work is the basis for this documentary, which unites live footage, drawings, and archival documents.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 2

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Italy Sicilian

We learn about Pitrè's life, and his relationship to the sea.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 3

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Italy Sicilian

In this segment, we see some swordfish harpoon fishing, and hear an old Sicilian legend about a boy named Nicola who could stay underwater for a very long time. Here are the lyrics in Sicilian and English to one version of the legend in verse.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 4

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Italy Sicilian

Pitrè's life was marked by a sort of travelling storyteller tradition in his family. In those days, a cuntastorie (storyteller) would go around to all the piazzas and tell stories, and people would pay to hear them.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 5

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Italy Sicilian

This segment focuses on an actor who retells and acts out stories from Sicily's past, speaking in Sicilian dialect. He uses the Pitrè Museum as a source for material. The museum houses a manuscript with over 4,000 Sicilian proverbs, just one of the many volumes of Sicilian ethnographic material.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 6

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Italy Sicilian

Pitrè's mission was to conserve and safeguard the traditions of his people, the Sicilians, and to keep the roots alive. Looking at religious traditions is one important way to do this.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 7

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Italy Sicilian

Saint Rosalia (1130–1166), recognized by her crown of roses, is Palermo's patron saint. The video shows the July 14 parade in honor of the saint, and a young man who credits his cure from a grave illness to Saint Rosalia.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 8

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Italy Sicilian

The segment concentrates on the richness of the Sicilian dialect, a dialect which is less and less spoken. The narrator interviews two poets who recite their works in Sicilian, providing insights into the language.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 9

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Italy Sicilian

Giuseppe Pitrè received his degree in medicine in 1865. His patients, among Palermo's poorest, provided him with a wealth of ethnographic material.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 10

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Italy Sicilian

A woman performs a traditional Sicilian ritual involving the sticking of pins into an onion, accompanied by prayers, in order to bring back the boyfriend of her suppliant.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 11

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Italy Sicilian

Giuseppe Pitrè loved attending performances of chivalric folk plays in Palermo. This segment follows a marionette player at Palermo's Opera dei Pupi, the same theater where Pitrè went to see folk epics.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 12

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Italy Sicilian

Palermo faces the sea and has a very long history of immigration. The narrator interviews a young woman whose great grandfather came to Sicily from Sudan. She is involved in educating immigrants from Africa and Asia. Pitrè was also highly involved in education.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 13

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Italy Sicilian

A Palermo doctor is interviewed about his practice and the African and Southeast Asian immigrant patients that he treats.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 14

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Italy

A Palermo doctor discusses the Integration of immigrants in Sicily and highlights the successes in healthcare. Medical assistance is provided for all immigrants, whether lawful or not.

Dottor Pitrè - e le sue storie - Part 15

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Italy

The documentary comes to a close with an interview regarding a prison cell used during the Inquisition. The cell bears the graffiti of its inmates. Pitrè had laboriously uncovered the graffiti, but it was only rediscovered in the 1970s by the writer Leonardo Sciascia and the interviewee in this segment, Giuseppe Quatriglio, who used Pitrè's writing to find it.

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