From your kitchen countertop to the Siena Cathedral in Italy, marble is associated with beauty and luxury. We all know what it looks like and how much it costs, but one question we never ask ourselves is: how is marble harvested? To my surprise, I discovered that it did not come out of the ground in smooth long slabs rounded around the edges. It requires big heavy excavators and the guidance of the quarry boss, whose behaviour is strangely similar to the one of a music conductor.

“Il Capo” (The Chief) is a movie that follows the work of the man who guides the heavy machines used to extract the famous stone from the ground. Watch the video and you’ll never look at your bathroom floor, or the Taj Mahal, in the same way.