Initially used by paddy field workers to protest conditions in the 19th century, it was rewritten and used for the Italian Resistance protesting Nazi Germans during World War 2. The song has staying power, used as a hymn to protest fascism, promoting the resistance. The world we live in now is full of protests and people fighting against the forces of fascism. Just looking at the examples of the song in Money Heist should show you how it represents our present-day issues.
Why The Money Heist Gang Sing "Bella Ciao"
In Netflix 's gripping Spanish crime series Money Heist , the central gang of daring robbers sing the Italian song "Bella Ciao" to embolden themselves for the heist, and to celebrate victories. There are actually two versions of the lyrics for "Bella Ciao. A field worker was called a mondina, and the mondina version of "Bella Ciao" is a lament about the back-breaking labor, terrible conditions and low pay that the mondine suffered through.
Public Response On Bella Ciao
Viewers are first introduced to the song by The Professor and Berlin, his older brother. During one of Tokio's narrations, she gives viewers some insight into the meaning—and how the thieves were first introduced to it. If viewers pay close attention, they'll notice the song is played during big plot moments on the show. In season 2, we hear it when the thieves find a way out of the Mint —and again when the police figure out how they got into the Mint in the first place. But at that point, the thieves were already long gone and traveling to their secret locations. According to Arts and Terror by Vladimir L. Marchenkov, "Bella Ciao"—or "Goodbye Beautiful"—is an Italian folk song that was used as an anthem for the anti-fascist resistance and used worldwide as a hymn of freedom. During World War II, the lyrics changed to reflect "the partisans fighting the fascists.
The song was modified and adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance by the Italian partisans between and during the Italian Resistance , the resistance of Italian partisans against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, and, during the Italian Civil War , the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies. Versions of "Bella ciao" are sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance. It took place during the flooding of the fields, from the end of April to the beginning of June every year, during which the delicate shoots needed to be protected, during the first stages of their development, from temperature differences between the day and the night. It consisted of two phases: transplanting the plants and pruning the weeds. Monda was an extremely tiring task, carried out mostly by women known as mondinas , from the poorest social classes.