Il regime fondiario prima della bonifica 1935 – 1937 (The estate regime before the swamp reclamation1935 – 1937)

Shot by himself with a Kodak 16mm (“for fun” as he used to say) it became a documentary of the Istituto Luce where they added overemphasizing captions according to the propaganda intent of the times, this way changing the original straightforwardness of the work. You see people working on the fields of the family farm and the construction of the great dam that allowed the irrigation of Poggio Perotto. This work is above all an intense and tender look at the Maremma land during those years showing the epic work that the man had to do to reclaim marshes and transform them in an agricultural land. You see fields and herds, the Maremma cows with their long horns while they drag carts across the mud, the handmade cheese with hands evening out the piping hot paste. The documentary also shows the first mechanizations in agriculture with the steam engines pulling big balance ploughs, multitudes of men digging the ground, a puffing train arriving at the station. As usual Andreis’ eye is a testimony of his times, some made comparisons with Dziga Vertov’s heroic vision of work but the little man with a bouncing step between his two donkeys looks more like a Maremma version of Charlie Chaplin.