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The Gold of Naples (1954)

L'oro di Napoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 February 1957 (USA)
A portrait of the people, the defects and the peculiarities of Naples in six different vignettes.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Giuseppe Marotta (story), Cesare Zavattini (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Silvana Mangano ... Teresa (segment "Teresa")
Sophia Loren ... Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Eduardo De Filippo ... Don Ersilio Miccio (segment "Il professore")
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Don Peppino - il vedovo (segment "Pizze a credito")
Erno Crisa ... Don Nicola (segment "Teresa")
Totò ... Don Saverio Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Lianella Carell Lianella Carell ... Carolina Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Rosario - marito di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tina Pica ... Old woman (segment "Il professore")
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Alfredo - l'amante di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Un amico di Peppino (segment "Pizze a credito")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierino Bilancioni Pierino Bilancioni ... Il piccolo Gennarino (segment "I giocatori")
Lars Borgström Lars Borgström ... Federico - the Doorkeeper (segment "I giocatori") (as L. Borgoström)
Gianni Crosio Gianni Crosio ... Alfonso Maria di Sant'Agata dei Fornai (segment "Il professore")
Nino Imparato ... Gennaro (segment "Il professore")
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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing her husband's ring ; the funeral of a child ; the gambler Count Prospero B. defeated by a kid ; the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute ; the "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller". Written by Yepok

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A quartet of Neapolitan tales - four captivating stories - wry, delightful and dramatic with that special humor and temperament and that enduring zest for life that characterizes these volatile people... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Alternate Versions

On April 22nd TCM showed a version of this movie that included the "Dead Child" segment. The run time for this showing was 2:10:44. See more »

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A knockout from De Sica
22 September 2013 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

Superb collection of vignettes in the daily life of the people of Naples, lensed by a master director. Six separate stories, all with wonderful characters, including one starring De Sica himself as a frustrated Count, ready to wager the family silver and country estates in a desperate attempt to win an ongoing card game against an unbeatable street urchin. The movie begins with the tale of a downtrodden family man who rebels against his low-level, mob-boss bully of a lodger, setting his family free -- but at what cost? Funny, but also disturbing. One of the stories a touching, virtually wordless tale of a heartbroken mother accompanying her child's coffin to the cemetery, together with a crowd of children, unaware of the real tragedy, only interested in candy. The most dramatic piece starring Silvana Mangano as a prostitute tricked into a loveless marriage by a wealthy man atoning for the suicide of his true love. The stand-out story, a delightful tale of an adulterous pizza maker, Sophia Loren, desperately in search of an emerald ring, supposedly baked into a pizza, but in reality left on her lover's nightstand. This film is worth watching for one scene alone, watching Loren stride down the street in the rain, followed by her cuckolded husband. If ever one scene in a movie made a star then this is it. Obviously not wearing a bra, Loren's breasts fill the screen and De Sica, full of mischief, follows her every move, both from front and behind in a gorgeous, gorgeous display of Loren's twenty year old sensuality. One of those knockout scenes that belongs to film history. The last vignette, an arrogant landlord, bully to all his tenants, humiliated by them when they all in unison blow a Bronx cheer as he passes by. A trifle, but brilliantly set up and performed with cheeky perfection. What this movie also offers is the sense of reality, a total lack of artifice and lack of studio sets, all in the style of the Bicycle Thief, another of De Sica's masterpieces, filmed on the streets. One's heart aches for the passing of such a talented actor and director. This is a movie that demands to be released in a full version, not the shortened American one, in a decent and respectable DVD. Can't Criterion get hold of this somehow? MovIe lovers deserve to be able to enjoy every minute of this delight. Hats off to De Sica and all involved!


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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