Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »
When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica,
Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in ... See full summary »
Discovering her boyfriend is married, a young lady attempts to take her life, pausing only to phone a Help Line. Finding herself very much alive in hospital she meets the priest who took ... See full summary »
Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) loosing... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica
Eduardo De Filippo
Domenico, a successfull businessman, with an eye for the girls, begins an affair with Filumena when she is 17 years old. She becomes a prostitute, but also becomes the mistress of Domenico.... See full summary »
Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient brass and gold statue of a boy riding a dolphin, which is said to have the magical ... See full summary »
Alla fine del '600 nel napoletano sotto la dominazione spagnola, il mugnaio Luca cerca di arrabattarsi per non pagare le gabelle che impone Don Teofilo, il governatore, con il consiglio di ... See full summary »
Vittorio De Sica,
Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old little boy named Nando, who is being raised by Michael's sister-in-law Lucia Curcio. Mike immediately disapproves of Nando's Italian-style (in other words "lax") education. To make matters worse, Lucia happens to be ... a sexy nightclub dancer. This is too much for a puritan like Mike and the only solution in his eyes is to have the boy brought up in the States... Written by
When Lucia is on the bed waiting for Michael, she wears a blue dress and dark nylon stockings. When she is outside with her nephew Nando, she is still in her blue dress, but bare legged, and when she enters the house and lies on the bed, she is wearing the dress and stockings again. See more »
I just got this movie, as it was just released in July 2005 on DVD. I'd seen it before on TV and had rented it before on VHS. Not sure what it is about this movie, but it's so full of charm! The beautiful landscapes and backdrops of Naples and Capri make it worth the view alone (Not to mention Sophia Loren; Viva Italia!) This was Clark Gable's second-to-last film, I believe, and as he was a bit miscast in the role (he was 59 or so), he pulls off the role of pushy Philadelphian lawyer, Mike Hamilton, with style. Sophia Loren's character, Lucia Curcio, is so lovably "Italian", she really shines in this role. It's also very interesting to see the evolution (or de-evolution) of Hollywood's current concept of sexiness when watching Sophia in this film; she exudes it while most modern-day actresses need all the help they can get...with surgery! Marietto Angeletti plays an 8-year old Nando, the nephew of both leads; truly gifted young actor and you'll love his character. And Also, veteran Italian actor Vittorio De Sica seems so natural in his role as the Neapolitan lawyer Mario Vitale, very believable.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable film and I'd recommend it for everyone. Who knows, it may start a resurgence of tourism to the area!
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