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Napoli – the most beautiful city in the world

A short film about Naples by the Parma-based filmmaker Gianluca D’Elia.

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Io Amo Napoli!

Marcello Mastroianni Marriage Italian style (1964)- A greying, sick man sits on a beach on a southern shore and speaks warmly about Naples.  Marcello Mastroianni, the incomparable and very cool post-war Italian actor, notes that ‘the strength of the Neapolitan is ..in their character, in their nature, in their traditions’.  He continues:

‘Io amo Napoli. E’ la città meno americanizzata d’Italia anzi d’Europa. Una volta a Roma,mentre passeggiavo,qualcuno alle mie spalle disse:”Ammazza le rughe,come s’è invecchiato!”, invece a Napoli uno mi si avvicinò così:” Marcellì, ce simmo fatt’ viecchiarell,eh? ‘o volite nu cafe?” :che garbo,che gentilezza d’animo…Napoli va presa come una città unica,molto intelligente: Napoli è troppo speciale quindi non la possono capire tutti’.

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It started in Naples

Sophia Loren and Clark Gable on location on Capri in ‘It started in Naples‘ (Melville Shavelson, 1960).  IMDB says:

When American lawyer Michael Hamilton (Clark Gable) hears that his estranged younger brother and sister-in-law have died in a car accident, he flies to Naples, Italy, to settle their estate. Upon arriving, the xenophobic Hamilton meets his impish nephew, Nando (Marietto), for the first time, and decides he will bring the boy back with him to the United States. But when Nando’s gorgeous aunt, Lucia Curcio (Sophia Loren), protests, a lengthy and heated custody battle ensues.

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Cool. Italian Style

The Guardian highlights a exhibition this Summer in London:

‘The Years of La Dolce Vita’  explores one of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema and the simultaneous explosion of celebrity culture. The 80 photographs, on view from 30 April to 29 June , capture the dolce vita (literally ‘sweet life’) enjoyed by Italian film stars and Hollywood ‘royalty’ working in Rome during the 1960s.

Photograph: Arturo Zavattini /Solares Fondazione delle Arti