\r\n\r\n Testo in italiano\r\n\r\nIn this episode in Bisacquino: the American dream, the Saracens, the Grand Tours, tic tac tic tac, many many fava beans and pasta n'caciata\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere we are in the birthplace of Frank Capra\r\n\r\n\r\nBisacquino, western Sicily, a village of 5000 inhabitants, with a fascinating past.\r\n\r\nMount Triona dominates it, among the waving \u00a0and relaxing hills of the Sicilian hinterland.\r\n\r\nHere was born Frank Capra, the child who took the ship to America and who became a director and won three Academy Awards.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere too Ray Barone had his descendants so much that a Bisacquino aunt goes to visit him in the episode My Family, remember?\r\n\r\nI guess she never married and she lives in a little place called Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nIt's in Sicily, near Palermo.\r\n\r\nShe's got no phone, no address but you can write to her care of El Ufficiado Postale the village post office.\r\n\r\nAnd today, visiting Bisacquino, we will follow in the footsteps of the relatives of Frank Capra and Raymond Barone.\r\n\r\nWe are just a few steps away from Palazzo Adriano and Corleone, two other Hollywood Oscar\u2019s locations, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso and The God Father.\r\n\r\nCapra was just 5 years old when his family embarked in search of a better future.\r\n\r\nThe child will never remember anything from Bisacquino and his most remote childhood memory is the water, the ocean.\r\n\r\nHe will dream about it repeatedly.\r\n\r\nFrank Capra had an exciting life that took him literally from the stables to the stars, impersonating the "American dream" in the collective imagination, the emigrant who arrives to success.\r\n\r\nHere we are today in Bisacquino, his small town, in a still ancient Sicily linked to traditions.\r\n\r\nUmmm, let's see what those elders tell us.\r\n\r\nNar: How does it feel\u00a0 to stay here in Bisacquino?\r\n\r\nHe: One who feels\u00a0 good, is always good.\r\n\r\nNar: Many are away?\r\n\r\nHe: Yes, many have emigrated, students and workers\r\n\r\nNar: Do you remember the story of Frank Capra?\r\n\r\nHe: Frank Capra was a\u00a0 villager, but he brought no wellness in\u00a0 town . Indeed he came, ate, drank and left.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWalking the past\r\n\r\n\r\nBisacquino is a village that has a strong Islamic imprint of alleys, courtyards, and lots of stone.\r\n\r\nThe Muslim domination of the 9th century left profound signs in Sicily.\r\n\r\nIt is always exciting to wander in the past and in Bisacquino it seems that time has really stopped in its historic center.\r\n\r\nCircolo dei Civili 1842: uhmmmm let's see who is in here.\r\n\r\nHey, is there anybodyyyyy ???\r\n\r\nHow nice, how romantic.\r\n\r\nPerhaps us women in 1842 were not allowed to enter here!\r\n\r\nThese are photos of the ancient Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nIn this social club you play cards, you chat in the sofas, you read the newspaper and you play billiards.\r\n\r\nIt is still \u00a0early \u00a0and there are not many members inside.\r\n\r\nIn the third room we find a person sitting.\r\n\r\nHe: Good morning where are you from?\r\n\r\nNar: I am\u00a0 from Corleone, you?\r\n\r\nHe: I am the priest Ignazio Pizzitola of Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nThe historian Totuccio Selvaggio points out a precious seventeenth-century map of Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nLet's find out more.\r\n\r\nWe are now in Piazza Triona and the mind takes us back to the 18th century when the traveler Jean Houel arrived in Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nWe imagine him here, sitting on a stone to admire the fa\u00e7ade of the Mother Church: "It is a Baroque more beautiful than that of the Val di Noto," \u00a0he even said it.\r\n\r\nThe inside of the church presents extraordinary work of art.\r\n\r\nIrresistible, for the Smashing Sicily troupe, to climb the bell tower.\r\n\r\nHey, it's all dark here!\r\n\r\nHere we are finally at the top: hello bell, don't ring now please!\r\n\r\nWe are back in the village.\r\n\r\nLet's see \u00a0if we can have a chat with that lady who just bought bread.\r\n\r\nNar: Do you remember Frank Capra?\r\n\r\nShe: Not so much \u00a0i\u2019m from 1947\r\n\r\nNar: Do you have family members that emigrated?\r\n\r\nShe: Yes, my children are far away\r\n\r\nAnd even today it is difficult to find work in the hinterland.\r\n\r\nYou may not be looking for the "American dream" like Frank Capra's father, but you're looking for the same luck elsewhere.\r\n\r\nThey ring the bells and I start to feel a bit hungry,\r\n\r\nWho knows what the locals have prepared for us to eat!\r\n\r\nLet's see\u00a0 what those senior citizens \u00a0tell me\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning, what were you talking about if I'm not too nosy ...\r\n\r\nHe: Doctors, shots, diseases\r\n\r\nNar: Do you by chance know Aunt Sarina Barone?\r\n\r\nHe: No, we're younger, ask the older ones.\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBisacquino in Everybody loves Raymond\r\n\r\n\r\nEpisode: My American family.\r\n\r\nI'm sorry.\r\n\r\nWho are you? - La signora Barone?\r\n\r\n\r\nLa signorina Barone.\r\n\r\nI'm sorry, I don't \u2026 This is the letter that we wrote.\r\n\r\nMy gosh.\r\n\r\nAre you Aunt Sarina from Italy? \r\n\r\nAunt Sarina! What a beautiful child! \r\n\r\nWhat did she say? \r\n\r\nI don't know. Just hug her.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\nBeans and clocks\r\n\r\n\r\nWe walk through the village and retrace the powerful past of Sicily that is \u00a0Bisacquino, with its alleys and\r\n\r\ncourtyards, strongly evokes \u00a0all the dominations that have taken place here.\r\n\r\nNow I am an Arab peasant from the year 1000 who returns home after planting olive and orange trees in the countryside; or I could be a Norman of the year 1200s \u00a0who has a jug of water on his head just taken in one of the many springs that flowed in the village; or perhaps I\u2019m a rich Aragonese noblewoman of the 1500s who meets the population by \u00a0bringing gifts to the children.\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning\r\n\r\nShe: What are you doing?\r\n\r\nNar: We are walking around ... can I come up?\r\n\r\nShe: Yes\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning. What are you doing?\r\n\r\nShe: And what should I do, at a certain age ...\r\n\r\nNar: I'm playing a game, I saw some hanging clothes and I have to guess who lives here ... I think you're two.\r\n\r\nShe: Yes, my daughter and I. Do you know her?\r\n\r\nNar: No\r\n\r\nShe: She was by the nuns, where there are the old ladies ...\r\n\r\nNar: Can we go to the balcony?\r\n\r\nShe: For me you can look out \r\n\r\nNar: Ok ... what are you preparing ...\r\n\r\nShe: I am alone and I also \u00a0can make myself \u00a0muddica\u00a0 di pasta squarqta which is plain pasta with\u00a0 some bread crumbs\r\n\r\nNar: Of course, the important thing is that \u00a0you eat ... Here you have\u00a0 a nice balcony\r\n\r\nShe: Yes ... I got married, then there was no work here. My husband went to Germany to work, he worked and \u00a0sent something for the family\r\n\r\nNar: That\u2019s how Frank Capra got rich ...\r\n\r\nShe: Yes, yes. .... So we bought the houses to stay inside and not pay rent. We had\u00a0 a tough time .\r\n\r\nNar: Thank you, you were very kind and hospitable.\r\n\r\nShe: Can I offer you coffee ...\r\n\r\nNar: Thank you, you are very kind, but we will continue our walk.\r\n\r\nShe: Goodbye and we wish you good health.\r\n\r\nHere we go \u2026\r\n\r\nHey, look how many beans!\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning ... I'm taking a walk through Bisacqino, did you pick the beans for me? .... How does it feel to stay here?\r\n\r\nHe: Good\r\n\r\nNar: Are\u00a0 you coming back from work? What do you do in life?\r\n\r\nHe: The farmer ...\r\n\r\nNar: Is it time to eat already?\r\n\r\nHe: Almost ... around noon, one ... Goodbye\r\n\r\nWe are now in Corso Umberto I.\r\n\r\nUhmmm, how many clocks!\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning. Are these clocks still for sale?\r\n\r\nHe: No, no\r\n\r\nHe: These are the clockss that my grandfather, my father and my great-grandfather built.\r\n\r\nThis is the universal geographical clock, which was designed by my grandfather over 100 years ago and created by my father Instead this is the clock that we provided for the director Luchino Visconti in the movie "The Leopard".\r\n\r\nHere is the clock that we have in the square \u00a0and is four times this. It has quarter and hour ring tones. Then he rings at Noon, Midnight, eight in the morning for us young people to go to school and eight in the evening was considered the Hail Mary.\r\n\r\nThis is the Archimedean wheel through which the Awakening and Retreat sounded.\r\n\r\nBisacquino was an oasis in a desert because there was this clock factory, the lock factory, the knife factory and the sickle factory ...\r\n\r\nMy great-grandfather then also built the lock on the door and this is the key of \u00a0the 1865 ... the last words of his will were "all the goods I'm leaving as a legacy are worth nothing if a man is missing the first requirement that it is honor ". \r\n\r\nHow much ingenuity in this place!\r\n\r\nThe ingenuity of Sicilians from the hinterland, a forge of thought for thousands of years.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAll these clocks made me hungry, more than the bells \u00a0from before!\r\n\r\nLet's see what time is it?\r\n\r\nOkay, it's time to go eat.\r\n\r\nBut first let's say hello to that gentleman on the tractor ...\r\n\r\nNar: Good morning, you picked up the beans\r\n\r\nHe: If you want some please take them\r\n\r\nNar: Thank you very much ... I was looking for relatives of Frank Capra and Raymond Barone ...\r\n\r\nHe: I don't know what to say, I don't think there are relatives ... Who is Raymond Barone? ... Then take a seat\r\n\r\nNar: Thanks ... I\u2019ll take some ... thank you but that's enough\r\n\r\nHe: I picked them up a little while ago\r\n\r\nNar: Thank you very much\r\n\r\nHe: Good bye\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n A gorgeous meal\r\n\r\nOk, now enough with the beans and we think of something more substantial to put in the belly.\r\n\r\nI'm a woman but I'm hungry now like a Sicilian farmer who spent the day planting beans, of course!\r\n\r\nWe arrive in a very welcoming farmhouse, we breathe scents that you can only feel in this land.\r\n\r\nIt looks like a museum\r\n\r\nMany, many objects of rural culture have been collected by the owners...\r\n\r\nBut let's sit at the table ... you can't resist\u00a0 at the Sicilian cuisine ...\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nSMASHING LOCAL Tommaso Di Giorgio, Mayor of Bisacquino\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBisacquino is a village \u00a0that has a thousand-three hundred years of history, with a medieval shape, very beautiful, well cared for and with a warm\u00a0 welcome from the\u00a0 peolple \u00a0that you will never forget. We are waiting for you in our village.\r\n\r\nWhat a nice meal and hospitable people.\r\n\r\nNar: What is this?\r\n\r\nHe: Pasta incaciata ... fryed meat, boiled eggs, grated and chopped cheese, traditional dish ... a complete lunch\r\n\r\nEven the dog is nice even if he thinks he is a snake!\r\n\r\nThe very nice Anita makes us visit this fascinating farmhouse\r\n\r\nHere you will be struck and intrigued by the many frills, by carriages, by the mysterious stories of the Saracens who lived there.\r\n\r\nThis wonderful estate of King Ferdinand I of the Bourbons was purchased by the owners in 1817.\r\n\r\nHe: the door was made in 1848 before there was none ... here there is the cobblestone because the animals entered even with the irons ... and from here they entered in the stable. Since there were both cows and goats, if the cows entered before the goats, they ate the food of the \u00a0goats ... thast\u00a0 why \u00a0the goats came in here and ate ... then afterwards the door was opened and the cows came in ... ..\r\n\r\nOkay, with a full belly, I'm going back to my walk to Bisacquino.\r\n\r\nA woman should always take care of her shape but here in Sicily it is impossible.\r\n\r\nAt least for me.\r\n\r\nLook at this street: it's named after Frank Capra because his family lived there before they emigrated, in 1903, when Holliwood's most famous director of all time was only 5 years old.\r\n\r\nHe, Mamma Rosaria and Salvatore the father, who was a fruit vendor, and his other 6 brothers.\r\n\r\nJohn Ford said of him: an inspiration for those who believe in the American dream.\r\n\r\nCertainly, the bisacquinese Francesco really was a parable of a crazy life.\r\n\r\nHere we are at the museum. Let's see.\r\n\r\nIt is a beautiful museum that collects the history of Bisacquino from prehistory to the present day.\r\n\r\nThere is also a room dedicated to Capra that also recalls the welcoming to \u00a0the city dedicated to him when he returned 74 years later: the band, the memorial plaque, the keys to the city, the speeches and lots of newspaper articles. That day there were also 46 relatives waiting for Frank Capra and one of them had a partition wall of his house torn down to make a living room where to host the Italian-American director for dinner with his relatives. This is Sicilian hospitality!\r\n\r\nUnfortunately our day is ending.\r\n\r\nJack Jackfly, our 4-legged drone, gives himself the last flight over the marvelous sanctuary of the Madonna del Balzo, from the 1600s just behind the village.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAn enchanting jewel of the Sicilian hinterland.\r\n\r\nHere we are again in the square.\r\n\r\nThe previously empty social club are now crowded.\r\n\r\nThe elders play cards and look curiously at this woman who enters their kingdom.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, a lady became aware of our presence and shows us her beautiful house for sale for just 36 thousand euros.\r\n\r\nThese are the prices in inland Sicily!\r\n\r\nThe afternoon is also the time to get the chairs out of the house and form the famous Sicilian outdoor lounges.\r\n\r\nThey all chat and get together.\r\n\r\nAll you need is a chair and you're set.\r\n\r\nOh yes ... here in Sicily it is as if time never passed ...\r\n\r\nThe mild climate, the blue sky, the cheerful companies keep us young, playful and always lively, as at an early age.\r\n\r\nGoodbye Bisacquino and thanks for the wonderful day you gave me.\r\n\r\n \r\nWe are free, free, free, free!, not influenced by billionaire owners, politicians or shareolders.\r\nSmashing Sicily is self-sustaining it depends on donations from those who love Sicily and Sicilians all over the world.\r\nPlease, support us!