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The Kiss of Fire (1937)

Naples au baiser de feu (original title)
Mario Esposito, who sings in a Neapolitan restaurant, is in love with Assunta, the niece of Teresa, the owner of the place. He shares his apartment with Michel, his best friend. This one ... See full summary »

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Mario Esposito, who sings in a Neapolitan restaurant, is in love with Assunta, the niece of Teresa, the owner of the place. He shares his apartment with Michel, his best friend. This one has fallen under the spell of Lolita, a gorgeous adventuress he met at the cathedral where he officiates as the organist. But things go awry as, while Michel intercedes with Aunt Teresa for Assunta's hand in his favor, Mario in turn falls in love with Lolita. On the very day of his wedding with Assunta, Mario runs away with Lolita, thus betraying both his love and his friend. But it does not take long before the young singer realizes the big mistake he has made. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Tino Rossi met Mireille Balin, with whom he had a passionate love affair, on the set of this movie. See more »

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Remade as Napoli terra d'amore (1954) See more »

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Santa Lucia
Written by Teodoro Cottrau
(1849)
Performed by Tino Rossi
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Tino Rossi vehicle with above-average cast
1 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mario (Tino Rossi) is a crooner who works the tables at a Naples pavement café. He loves Assunta (Mireille Balin) and they plan to marry, but all that changes when Lolita the man-eater (Viviane Romance) shows up and gets her claws into him.

There's not much substance to this Tino Rossi vehicle, but Rossi sings sweetly, Viviane Romance has never been sexier, and there are comic turns from Michel Simon (who sings) and Marcel Dalio (who doesn't). Mireille Balin (Rossi's lover in real life at the time) is sublime as ever, but has little to do in this movie other than look petulant as her rivals circle around her fiancé. Rossi, a limited actor, essentially plays himself here.

Shooting was done partly on location in Naples (during a heatwave), and the local flavour adds some interest to Augusto Genina's otherwise flat direction. Genina went on to make Fascist propaganda films for Mussolini.


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