The men of Madness (Vajont)
Italian, French film (2001). Drama.
The title was tantalizing and we are on board for a cinoche afternoon. Well, this film is certainly not a masterpiece, it has many flaws. But history catches our attention because it is true: a dam was under construction at the bottom of an Italian alpine valley in the 50s.
The work will be the pride of the country and a timely delivery will support the success of Man mastering nature. Do residents of flooded villages not want to leave their homes? The law is with us and we will clear up these arrears! Workers killed in construction site accidents?
It's unfortunate but you, you, we have nothing for nothing! The geologist knocks us out of reports saying that the mountain is unstable? Well let's name another one who understands our interests better!
A mixture of money, power, trickery and excessive confidence in the superiority of man over his environment, this is the madness of men. If only the 3000 dead had been the last of this kind of behavior! Because what is sadder in this film, it is surely that the lesson did not carry!